Foreign computer hackers pose threat to national security

AS POLICE swooped on an alleged jihadist accused of threatening an ASIO officer on Monday night, another, more secret threat to Australia's security was revealed.

In western Sydney, a 23-year-old man who sparked an Australian Defence alert was arrested and charged with using a carriage service to make a threat and threatening to cause harm to an ASIO officer.

He was on bail for offences linked to an ATM robbery in 2011 and, according to, was under investigation for "vengeful and hateful material" posted to officials.

Meanwhile, ABC's Four Corners program reported a growing threat to security was coming from foreign computer hackers.

It alleged hackers, working from remote areas, had targeted key Federal Government departments with the intention to "steal national security secrets and vital business information".

In one case, a company which manufactures Australian military equipment, had its computer network hacked.

There were reports the theft of vital design information about a military radio have had compromised secure communications between Australia and its allies.

Topics:  asio computers crime police security technology

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