Knock, knock. Who’s there? The Auditor General

Stop! Hammer Time! by Joriel "Joz" Jimenez via flickr.com
Stop! Hammer Time! by Joriel "Joz" Jimenez via flickr.com

Western Australia’s government agencies are in shock after the Auditor-General’s department exposed their woeful lack of cyber-security over the course of an elaborate two month operation.

Apparently they used a mix of software downloaded from the internet, and social engineering style techniques: in WA, the ‘attackers’ left unlabelled USB drives in reception areas, with staff in eight agencies plugging them into their computers to see what they were.

Fourteen out of fifteen agencies were unaware that they had been attacked.

This naturally raises the question of how often their systems had been compromised in the past, without them noticing.

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