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Cybersecurity spending gets $1.35 billion boost in wake of online attacks against Australia

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By political reporter Jade Macmillan


ABC News


Posted MonMonday 29 JunJune 2020 at 8:38pm, updated TueTuesday 30 JunJune 2020 at 11:55am


The Federal Government wants to create more than 500 new jobs in its highly secretive cyber intelligence agency as part of what it says is Australia's largest-ever investment in cybersecurity.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $1.35 billion in existing defence funding would be spent over the next decade to boost the cybersecurity capabilities of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).


It followed Mr Morrison's public warning earlier this month that Australian governments, businesses and political organisations were coming under an escalating series of cyber attacks from a sophisticated "state-based" hacker.


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