- A new law is being considered to ban companies from paying ransoms to hackers.
- Cybersecurity Minister Claire O’Neill says long-term reforms on data protection are needed as the volume of cyberattacks increases.
- This comes after the announcement of a new police operation involving the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate.
O’Neill said cybersecurity reform needed short-term success following the massive hack, while other long-term outcomes were being considered, such as banning ransom payments.
O’Neill said Medibank was right not to pay the ransom demanded by the hackers.
Increase in volume of cyberattacks
The minister said that due to the high number of cyber-attacks, the response to cyber-attacks needs to be improved.
“This is a national vulnerability for us and what we need to make sure is that companies only keep data for as long as it is actually useful, otherwise the data is destroyed.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/ban-on-ransom-payments-to-hackers-considered-by-australian-government/goe6qprrm Australian government considers ban on ransom payments to hackers