A history of the Australian Signals Directorate should address the blurring of lines between national security and commercial espionage revealed by Edward Snowden.
The expansion of the powers of the Australian Signals Directorate would establish a new golden era of commercial espionage in Australia — and damage Australian companies.
The Home Affairs portfolio is continuing its relentless empire-building, pressing for part-control of military intelligence — and giving spies access to a vast new trove of corporate and personal information.
Politicians can't keep their own data secure — and certainly not that of voters. Don't listen when they tell you to hand over your personal data because "it's safe".
We need to stop kidding ourselves that we're so different from the Chinese on surveillance and control. They just do it better than us.
Lurid reports of Chinese hacking omit that we engage in exactly the same — and occasionally worse — cyber-espionage.
Stung by the loss of a trove of hacking tools, the US government has made public its rules for how it handles discoveries of flaws in computer systems used by businesses and consumers worldwide.
While endlessly talking about the importance of cybersecurity, the government has an all-care-no-responsibility attitude toward its defence data.
Cybersecurity agencies like the Australian Signals Directorate make us less safe with their determination to engage in cyber "offence".
By collecting and using vulnerabilities in widely used software, our own intelligence agencies pose a double threat to business -- while governments preach cybersecurity.