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Australia sees rise in cyber attacks, competitors to blame: CERT

The main motivation behind rising online security attacks in Australia is competitors seeking commercial information and advantage, according to the latest Cyber Crime and Security Survey Report by Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) — part of the Attorney-General’s Department.

The main motivation for cyber-attacks is considered to be competitors seeking commercial advantage, said George Brandis, Australia’s Attorney General and Minister for the Arts. This aligns with the cyber threat of most concern to businesses, which is theft or breach of confidential information or intellectual property.

This of course has recently come to prominence through the US indicting Chinese officials for the theft of IP from US companies by cyber means.

While many of the companies surveyed reported the computer security incidents, others didn’t, raising concerns they don’t know what’s really happening on their networks — via

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