The Australian Cyber ââSecurity Center will offer its Australian Protective Domain Name Service (AUPDNS) free of charge to other government entities at federal and state level across Australia.
AUPDNS has already inspected 10 billion requests and blocked 1 million connections to malicious domains, Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Hastie said Thursday.
âA single malicious connection could leave a government network vulnerable to attack or compromise, so it is essential that we do everything possible to prevent cybercriminals from taking hold,â he said.
“Currently, AUPDNS protects over 200,000 users, and that number is growing.”
The block list feature was developed with Nominet Cyber.
Elsewhere on Thursday, Labor deputy chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security – which reviews national security legislation and often leads Labor to agitate continuing legislation – Anthony Byrne tendered his resignation.
“The work of the PJCIS is crucial to Australia’s national security and its integrity should never be questioned,” Byrne said.
“I have always put the work of this bipartisan committee first and have always served in its best interests.”
Byrne is in hot water after telling Victoria’s Broad-based Independent Anti-Corruption Commission that he was involved in the stacking of branches.
Senator Jenny McAllister will replace Byrne as ALP, with Peter Khalil appointed to the committee.
“Byrne has served the PJCIS in a number of roles since 2005, most notably as chairman and vice-chairman,” Labor leader Anthony Albanese said.
“I thank Mr. Byrne for his important contributions to this committee in the national interest of Australia.”
On Wednesday, the Australian government announced a new set of stand-alone criminal offenses for people who use ransomware as part of what it called its Ransomware Action Plan.
The plan creates new criminal offenses for people who use ransomware to perform cyber extortion, target critical infrastructure with ransomware, and process stolen data knowingly obtained during the commission of a separate criminal offense, as well as to buy or sell malware for the purpose of committing computer crimes.