Australian gvts crippled with purchases of cheap infected hardware

Australian gvts crippled with purchases of cheap infected hardware

Summary: Australian advisors reported that government agencies have bought cheap foreign IT hardware loaded with malware.

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Shadow Defense Minister David Johnston will seek to introduce new cybersecurity auditing powers into the Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) after ministerial advisors reported that government agencies have bought cheap foreign IT hardware loaded with malware.

The TISN is a government forum for sharing data pertinent to national cybersecurity between the public and private organisations in seven industries including banking, health, food and utilities.

Johnston told ZDNet Australia that he intends to push a ban on government agencies shirking expensive but trusted technology brands for cheap white-box goods after unnamed departments had discovered backdoor malware in computers, servers and processor chips.

For more on this story, read Cheap hardware infects govt agencies on ZDNet Australia

Topics: Hardware, Malware, 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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  • Especially when you know that the PO is

    going to be labeled coming from a government agency.
    John Zern
  • All I can say is that I don't feel sorry for them

    Loaded with malware? Don't they re-image with their own setup? Ah, I forgot, this is the government hellbent on internet censorship. It does not work, but they push ahead anyway.
    Economister
  • But globalization is a good thing, right?

    The economy has zilch to do with a country's security, right?

    In a word: "Oops".

    Now think about how any EEPROM or firmware chip (even the Fritz chip) could be augmented to deploy a payload and wince.
    HypnoToad72