By Simon Hunter September 10, 2018 08:53:59In September 2018, the Federal Government introduced the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which is a major step in the right direction.
However, as of July 2018, there is no law on the books that directly addresses the issue of “virus” that can cause websites to be taken down.
A new legislation introduced by the Attorney-General’s Department will be a major part of the Government’s anti-virus strategy.
The legislation will allow the Federal Court to compel websites to provide proof of identity in order to be restored.
The Attorney-Generals Department is also proposing a new law to make it a crime to impersonate a police officer, an offence which could result in imprisonment for up to three years.
The proposed legislation has been described by the Australian Government as “a step in time” by one expert, but it is important to remember that this is a very early stage in the Governments anti-fraud efforts.
This is in addition to the proposed new legislation which was introduced in February 2018 to tackle online child pornography.
It is clear from the recent announcements that the Government is making significant strides in its anti-malware efforts, but the reality is that many of these initiatives may not be fully implemented in time for the end of the financial year.
The recent news of the ‘Frogs on the Hill’ incident in Australia highlights the need for a full overhaul of our cybercrime laws.
This article was written by Simon Hunter from the Australian Financial Report and is published here under a Creative Commons license.