CERT fielded 187 'cyber incidents' in 2010

CERT fielded 187 'cyber incidents' in 2010

Summary: The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia has detected some 187 "cyber incidents" since September last year, ranging from trivial threats to attacks requiring military oversight.

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The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia has detected some 187 "cyber incidents" since September last year, ranging from trivial threats to attacks requiring military oversight.

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The group is a linchpin in the Federal Government's cybersecurity strategy, responsible for information sharing between the state and the nation's critical infrastructure, such as power, water and transport.

It issues threat advisories to government and public organisations, and liaises with overseas CERTs to coordinate international cybersecurity strategies.

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland told the audience at the Internet Industry Association last night that CERT Australia had also identified some 50,000 stolen credentials, including online banking and credit card credentials last year.

"CERT Australia produced and disseminated 47 sensitive advisories on cyber vulnerabilities affecting systems of national interest," McClelland said. "Three advisories have already been produced and disseminated this year."

Details on the 189 incidents including how many were referred to the Department of Defence were not immediately available. Officials from the Attorney-General's Department told ZDNet Australia that some were "serious".

McClelland praised CERT Australia for its acceptance as a member into the Asia-Pacific CERT last year, from which it will help develop security awareness in the region.

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A map of Asia-Pacific CERTs (Credit: APCERT)

Topics: Government, Government AU, Security

Darren Pauli

About Darren Pauli

Darren Pauli has been writing about technology for almost five years, he covers a gamut of news with a special focus on security, keeping readers informed about the world of cyber criminals and the safety measures needed to thwart them.

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