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Australian Cybercrime Enquiry Report Released

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The Australian Government Standing Committee on Communications has released the results of a year long enquiry into cybercrime in a report titled Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of Cyber Crime. This report includes a recommendation that Internet Service Provider (ISP) customers should be forced to install anti-virus and firewall software on their computers as part of their contractual obligations. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) receive further powers and responsibilities under the recommendations with respect to shutting down websites hosting malicious content and ensuring that infected consumer devices are disconnected from the Internet.

While the recommendations of this report focus on increasing end user responsibility with respect to cybersecurity, Internet Service Providers, Domain Registrars and Software Developers are also targeted. To combat spyware, the report recommends updating consumer laws to require End User License Agreements (EULAs) be written in simple, clear language for non-literate users to understand. Manufacturers of mobile phones, computers, routers and other Internet-related devices would be penalised under new laws for selling hardware or software with known security vulnerabilities. The recommendations don't just stop at the Australian borders — it is suggested that the Australian Government focus strongly on creating reciprocal relationships with foreign countries and law enforcement agencies in an effort to combat crimes originating from other countries."

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