blog Remember how international media outlets The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica revealed last week that the US National Security Agency had developed the ability to break some commonly used forms of Internet encryption? Scary, huh? Well, what you may not have realised is that Australia’s own intelligence agencies reportedly have access to the technology. The Sydney Morning Herald reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“An undated ”briefing sheet” on the program, provided to British analysts when they are cleared for access to Bullrun, was published on Friday in The New York Times and The Guardian newspapers. It states that the Australian Signals Directorate – until recently called the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) – was expected to be granted access.”
To underestimate the situation greatly, this news is extremely concerning. One can only hope that Greens Senator and Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam — whose bid to be re-elected as a Senator for Western Australia has still yet to be confirmed — will be re-elected, because there is nobody else within Australia’s Federal Parliament who has shown any interest in keeping our own cadre of intelligence agencies accountable for their use of these significant powers.