Saturday, January 12, 2013
Australian Spy Agency ASIO Wants Powers To Hack Into Personal Computers
Spy agency ASIO wants powers to hack into personal computers
New powers allowing Australian spies to hack into personal computers would target suspected terrorists, says a spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department.
SPY agency ASIO wants to hack into Australians’ personal computers and commandeer their smartphones to transmit viruses to terrorists.
The Attorney-General’s Department is pushing for new powers for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to hijack the computers of suspected terrorists.
But privacy groups are attacking the ”police state” plan as ”extraordinarily broad and intrusive”.
A spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department said it was proposing that ASIO be authorised to ”use a third party computer for the specific purpose of gaining access to a target computer”.
”The purpose of this power is to allow ASIO to access the computer of suspected terrorists and other security interests,” he told News Limited.
”(It would be used) in extremely limited circumstances and only when explicitly approved by the Attorney-General through a warrant. More at news.com.au