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The director general of security at Australia's Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has delivered his annual threat assessment, revealing ongoing attempts by adversaries to map digital infrastructure with a view to disrupting important services at delicate moments. In a speech delivered yesterday, Mike Burgess noted that …

  1. Sora2566 Bronze badge

    IIRC, the 'groomed politician' being alluded to here was a backbencher who got a bit too friendly with a Chinese business mogul for ASIO's comfort.

    1. Diogenes

      There are a few contenders, 2 ex-PMs and an ex Foreign Minister being among them.

  2. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

    "You can imagine his horror when my officer revealed himself and declared: 'we know who you are. We know what you are doing. Stop it or there will be further consequences'."

    That'll teach 'em... for sure!

    1. claimed Silver badge

      No more BBQ for you, mate! No, I mean it!

    2. Mark 65

      Wot no treason trial?

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Be Aware You Don't Share NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive IT Explosions/Implosions/EMPlosions

    Australia's signals intelligence agency, the Signals Directorate, developed the Essential Eight infosec mitigation strategies – an approach that is well regarded around the world.

    Let it be universally known, in order to prevent vast deliveries of necessarily punitive and debilitating grief, all such efforts at cyber defence, and Uncle Sam [to name but one entity in a crowded sea of many others] is similarly enamoured of exercising and enjoying and exploiting primacy in the field with their own newly minted version of vital rules of virtual engagement for adversarial cyber disentanglement and disruption in something the US Defense Department has grandly entitled Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge and which you can read more about here ...... ...... are destined to fail surprisingly quickly at the end of a relatively short battle against brave hearts and smarter minds whenever assets and resources are commandeered and abused and misused for defence and ongoing support of both the indefensible and the despicable, the attractively inequitable and perversely corrupt..

    Such is only natural and thus fully to be expected at the most opportunistic and deadliest of moments for maximum extreme effect and worthy reward.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In a nutshell...

    ... Just like all similar announcements from similar institutions, it boils down to "we're still relevant, we need more money."

    "And accuses a former Australian politician of having 'sold out their country'"

    Practically every politician has been doing that for decades; the current lot are no better, and whoever replaces them will likely continue on the same path.

    Have a deep think, when was the last time a politician did something which was genuinely in the interest of the country and the people?

    Australia has been suffering from "battered wife syndrome," begging to be incessantly mistreated, abused and exploited - first by the UK and then by the USA.

    We've thankfully not had to fight to defend ourselves, but we've been forever expending our resources and our lives fighting other countries' misguided wars, with nothing more than a condescending pat on the head to show for it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: In a nutshell...

      wish I could upvote you more. As for poliies selling out, going back to Whitlam guv one pollie, notable for his defaming of AngloSaxons was revealed during Painters and Dockers Commission to have acted for Old organised crime group. Naturally he has statues around lauding his nonachievements. Others were consistently reported as corrupt by very dodgy sources so never reported. Bigger villains are those who sold off Federal gov IT, including comms to lowest bidders while we were already working to build a a physically isolated WAN for all government departments to avoid intrusions. This meant security was too expensive and only maintained by immense efforts by remaining professional managers left. These are no retiring so as Oz data moves into Clouds, expect it to be replicated to Beijing along with Moscow and that storage center in Delaware I believe.

      If push comes to shove, I fully expect most infrastructure to stop dead for unexplained reasons. BTW Floptus stuffup whispers suggest very old kit failed to accept updates and got stuck in loops which is not what got reported AFAIK

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Nice plan.

      Yeah. Let's disband the ASIO, the army, the navy and make friend with Xi Jinping.


    3. Rikki Tikki

      Re: In a nutshell...

      "We've thankfully not had to fight to defend ourselves"

      Coral Sea, Kokoda track, Milne Bay ...

      OK, with the benefit of hindsight we know that the Japanese did not intend to invade Australia, but in 1942 people believed it would happen.

      Fortunately, the biggest threat to the Australian way of life was in fact the US 22nd Bomb Group, who arrived in Ingham in December 1943 and proceeded to drink the place dry.

  5. Winkypop Silver badge


    There’s such a wide field to choose from.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Who?

      At least give us a decade so we can narrow down the suspects

      1. Benegesserict Cumbersomberbatch Silver badge

        Re: Who?

        All part of some dastiardly plot, no doubt.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cyber resilient weapon systems body of BS

    Algorithmic Warfare: Defense Cyber Hub Receives Major Refresh

    The Defense Department recently released the latest version of its Cyber Resilient Weapon Systems Body of Knowledge, its online repository of specifications, data and best practices for building systems resistant to today’s cyber threats.

  7. Howard Sway Silver badge

    14,000 Australians mentioning the security clearances they hold in their social media profiles

    It's no surprise they're being targeted if the targets are advertising themselves online.

    And it's not a very good advert for the intelligence of people with access to intelligence material either.

  8. Cliffwilliams44 Silver badge

    Old school Spyng

    Sounds like garden variety espionage to me. Maybe ASIO should worry less about the technology and more about the people aspects of this game. They should have had their own spies attending these conferences.

  9. STOP_FORTH Silver badge

    Odd adjective

    Anglicised? Ozzified, surely.

    No bush hat with corks icon?

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