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Cyberattacks will unleash ‘catastrophic’ results for vital infrastructure

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Australia must brace for devastating cyber attacks on its vital infrastructure, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will warn.

Australia must brace for devastating cyber attacks on its vital infrastructure, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will warn today.

Speaking at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age National Security Summit, he will say major industries should prepare for disruption from cyber attacks.

Mr Dutton wants Australia to bolster its networks against these threats.

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According to a draft of his speech, Mr Dutton will say Australia's critical infrastructure is a major target for foreign interference and other hackers.

"We are continuing to see an increase in attacks targeting infrastructure and systems that are essential to our way of life," Mr Dutton will say.

He will also warn that infrastructure such as energy networks, could be shut down during a cyberattack, and that would cause widespread disruption across the country.

Under planned changes, the minister could declare an emergency. That would allow Australian intelligence experts to access systems and fend off any foreign attackers.

Cyber attacks crippled vast networks in the government and private sector earlier this year.

The Morrison government's green bank will be given a boost to invest in energy projects aimed at ensuring reliable, clean and more affordable electricity supply for Australians.

It hit sites including those relating to government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers.

Mr Dutton is also expected to renew his push for tech giants such as Facebook to open their encryption systems to security and law enforcement agencies.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/cyberattacks-peter-dutton-warns-of-devastating-results-for-key-industries/6544a976-f6cd-4512-9a88-87748456c789

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