More cyber espionage and hackers activities expected in 2013

Posted on December 26, 2012 09:16 pm

RMIT University senior lecturer Mark Gregory, a former Army officer and engineer with a reputable experience in network security said a few weeks ago that he is worried with how our Australia security staff are releasing sensitive information online and sharing it with strangers or the so called online friends. At the beginning, I thought it was just another expert paranoia but after extensive thinking I have come to agree fully with his concerns. Why would for example an Intelligence officer share details of his work place including location and images of his work. I wonder if the current intelligence officers are actually taking advantage of the state because recently released data shows there will be a severe skills shortage in the information security industry across the Australia. Such security experts are doing a disservice to our nation and are making it an easy ride and it will significantly increase the potential for terrorists to move beyond intrusion and espionage to disrupt and perhaps destroy critical infrastructures in the country. Who said that we are immune to attacks like the one Iran suffered on its nuclear facilities? I personally feel that individual common sense and country responsibilities should come first especially when one is working with such sensitive security organizations. In 2013, the world is bracing itself for cyber attacks in both national and in the corporate front and the last thing those responsible for the country security should be doing is to ease the work of those heinous criminals.The costs of cyber attacks are very consequential both politically and economically and there is a high chance attackers will obtain classified information yet they suffer almost no cost in the process.

Security of the country should not be compromised at any costs. Migrating data into the cloud as department of defense has done, demands that those responsible with security be more extra vigilant in protecting the country’s assets. On that note, I want to support Mark Gregory suggestion that our discipline forces must put the country security first by deleting all trace of their online profiles to safeguard our beloved country Australia against cyber warfare. I cant understand why a security official should have a Facebook or Twitter account which have become the mining ground for espionage.I have no doubt that in the future conflicts of this world would be waged in cyberspace. The newest game in the Warfare is all about people impersonating and convincing others to carry out tasks based on false information.Therefore, when Dr Mark Gregory recommend that on the day cadets enlist that their entire electronic lives be erased is a good idea that should be supported by all patriotic Australians.I believe the security agents should have no Facebook accounts, no Google accounts, no iTunes accounts and if possible they should not exist on digital networks until they retire from Defense. I know our security agents have a democratic right enshrined in the constitution but frankly few will argue there need to be a reasonable way to restrict how members of the defense and other security apparatus staff engaged online.I can predict there will be more cyber threats and more customized attack techniques with a high rise in cyber espionage and hackers activities in 2013.

Contador Harrison