The Five Eyes alliance is critical to hunting and detecting foreign cyber actors, but tends to work in secret.
The Snake network has been detected in more than 50 countries, including Australia.
Beyond neutralising the cybercriminals behind the Medibank breach, the taskforce will also seek out and attack other potential threats.
Internet infrastructure disruption, targeted cyberattacks and the manipulation of disinformation during the Russian invasion of Ukraine all show that warfare now includes cyberwar strategies.
These days sophisticated malware can spread like wildfire, thanks to transnational businesses and organisations providing bridges across countries.
Further cyber exploitation of Ukraine could cause citizens immense distress at this critical moment.
Cyber-attacks are adding to the pressure on Ukraine as it faces Russian troops on its borders.
It’s reported the Pegasus spyware can capture a user’s keystrokes, intercept communications, track their device and tap into their camera and microphone.
Cyber attacks have created new dilemmas for philosophers who determine the ethics of war.
The Australian government’s new cyber security plan moves in the right direction, but success will depend on how it’s executed.
Beyond the obvious risk of financial loss, cyberattacks can weaken our trust in digital infrastructure – and by extension, our trust in public institutions, too.
Legislation expected to be put to Parliament later this year may very well fall short due to COVID-19’s budget impacts. But until we strengthen our cyber defences, we’re all at risk.
The Iranian military operates cyber espionage and sabotage through a network of dozens of contractors, allowing the state to attack foes while denying involvement.
After the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, further esclation in the conflict between Iran and the US could come in the form of a cyber-attack.
NATO had its 70th birthday party in London at an awkward moment.
The US defense community is coming to understand that AI will significantly transform, if not completely reinvent, the world’s military power balance.
Treating non-violent cyber attacks as warfare could lead to unnecessary escalation.
China and the United States are not at war, but cyberspace has created opportunities for intelligence gathering, influence and sabotage that are already taking place.
Dozens of countries and hundreds of firms and nonprofits are fed up with digital violence and are working toward greater cybersecurity for all.
Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There’s less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.