The Australian government has given exceptional cyber tools to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) department/s to break into the dark web to track down online Pedophiles, hackers and Terrorists operating anonymously till date.
An $88 million financial boost has been given to the Australian Federal Police to break into the computer network of criminals as a part of the $1.66 billion (ASD) cyber security package already announced in June 2020.
Releasing the new Cybersecurity strategy to the AFP, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that the new powers will be needed to track down criminal activities from the darkest corners of the web that will help in protecting families, children, public and private entities.
“The newly planned law will help nab criminals who are scamming money from elderly by stealing their banking details, launching ransomware attacks on companies, targeting children through online chats for perverted activities” said Peter Dutton, the Home Minister of the State. Thus, it will assist the populace in spending more time on web by making the internet browsing safe forever as it will also monitor the activities carried out by foreign governments are into stealing health-related data added Mr. Dutton.
AFP will also soon establish a cyber team with a budget of $66 million(ASD) from the Australian government. And the aim of this team will be to defend the critical infrastructure of ports, power plants, nuclear facilities from cyber attacks. Companies will also use the investment in discovering the vulnerabilities in the critical infrastructure before any untoward incident takes place.
In coming weeks, the government of Australia under the leadership of Scott Morrison is all set to offer a monetary support to small and medium-sized businesses for upgrading their cyber security systems.
Hope, the DHS of United States has taken a note of this update!