The Australian government has said the country is launching an offensive against cybercriminals following recent high-profile attacks on Medibank, the largest health insurance company, and telecommunications company Optus.
The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Communications Authority will lead a "Standing Joint Operation" to "investigate, identify and stop cybercriminals" targeting Australia.
Home and Cyber Security Minister Clare O'Neil said the operation is aimed at tracking down hacker groups that are carrying out cyberattacks on Australia and disrupting their campaigns. What exactly the mission will achieve, the minister did not say.
Australia will not wait for cyberattacks to investigate later, O'Neil said. The country will be the first to attack the hackers in order to destroy their plans and minimize the possibility of an attack on Australia. O'Neil also added that if governments cooperate with the FBI and other intelligence agencies around the world, this will weaken cybercriminals.