Jun 26, 2014

Guess who will spy on the G20 (hint: not hactivists)?

David Irvine is warning G20 participants that "hacktivists" could target them. But there is an organisation far, far more likely to target the G20 ...

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Was outgoing ASIO head David Irvine — he of the famous “unfettered ideas” radicalising us in our loungerooms — treating us like idiots yesterday, or giving us a subtle but appropriate warning?

In a speech to Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce reported in The Australian Financial Review , Irvine warned participants about being spied on and otherwise targeted during the G20. He was, he said, concerned “about the threat of activists in some form or other using cyber means to disrupt the arrangements of the G20”. Also, “there are going to be very significant attempts to collect information relative to G20 and that is something that individual delegations will have to handle.” Irvine also warned of the threat of undisciplined “hacktivists”.

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2 thoughts on “Guess who will spy on the G20 (hint: not hactivists)?

  1. klewso

    There’s no r in fiends – as in “our American and British fiends”?

  2. AR

    Spooks will do what spooks always do, abuse trust, deride freedom and undermine democracy.
    All spooks, everywhere, all the time.

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