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The Home Affairs Secretary, Mike Pezzullo, states that the threat of a major cyberattack on Australian infrastructure is a very real possibility.

Summary

This article about Home Affairs Department secretary Mike Pezzullo who recently claimed that Australia is vulnerable to a cyberattack on its infrastructure. The ABC notes the following points:
  • The threat posed by criminal gangs and hackers who work for other countries is very real and 'deeply concerning'.
  • Pezzullo stresses that the possibility of a significant attack is one of his most pressing concerns.
  • The federal government wants to put into place new legislation to ensure that our national infrastructure is better protected from future cyberattacks.
  • The new laws would force operators to improve the way that they protect infrastructure from cyberattacks.
  • The new laws would impose greater cybersecurity obligations on operators responsible for the infrastructure.
  • Recent cyberattacks have targetted,  Federal parliament and Western Australia's parliament
  • Prime minister Scott Morrison wants all organisations to protect themselves.