Kaspersky defends Aussie data retention plan

Powered by SC Magazine
 

AusCERT delegate warns against going 'too far'.

Kaspersky Labs co-founder Eugene Kaspersky has backed Labor Government plans to mandate retention of user telco and internet subscriber data for two years.

The Russian billionaire and security expert has previously argued against Australian plans to adopt a European cybercrime treaty that requires ISP data retention.

But he defended some governments' plans to introduce or bolster data retention regimes at the AusCERT 2012 conference on the Gold Coast this week.

"It's a good idea," he said. "If governments want to trace someone, they will do it; it's just a technical issue."

The federal Attorney-General's Department has held closed-door discussions with service providers on data retention for at least two years.

Discussions have largely revolved around the retention of internet subscriber data and some information on the contents where possible for a period of up to two years.

That discussion is set to gain public recognition as part of a parliamentary consultation on the matter to be held later this year.

Though generally supportive of the notion, Kaspersky qualified his defence with opposition to a similar data retention proposal in the UK, aimed at providing equal access to user telco data without requiring court orders.

"They're going to introduce all this data collection and police will have access to this data whenever they want. I think that's wrong," he said.

"We were at point zero, and there's a point ten; total control. The right area is maybe point three to five but governments are going to point seven. Governments aren't thinking about privacy."

The move towards data retention proposals globally have been somewhat spurred by international treaties, a measure Kaspersky said was indicative of growing cooperation between countries on cybercrime issues.

Interpol and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have moved to establish a global taskforce to coordinate action against online criminal networks from both a network and physical point of view.

"I've been talking about cybercriminals for many years because I understood that it was a very serious problem, that it was becoming more serious year by years and I was knocking on the wall," he said.

"Finally we see that governments are taking it seriously and talking about international cooperation against cybercrime."

Interpol will establish a global cybercrime centre in Singapore by September 2014, while the ITU has already begun global investigations into malware networks with the help of Kaspersky.

One recent investigation traced proxy servers distributing malware to its home in Ukraine, which Kaspersky now dubbed the new hacker's "paradise".

However, he urged governments not to go "too far".

"In the past, I've talked about governments introducing more regulation on the internet to fight cybercrime. Now I'm saying 'ok guys, it's good use but don't go too far'."

Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia


Kaspersky defends Aussie data retention plan
 
 
 
Top Stories
Frugality as a service: the Amazon story
Behind the scenes, Amazon Web Services is one lean machine.
 
Negotiating with the cloud email megavendors
[Blog post] Lessons from Woolworths’ mammoth migration.
 
Qld govt to move up to 149k staff onto Office 365
Australia's largest deployment, outside of the universities.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...

Latest VideosSee all videos »

The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
The great data centre opportunity on Australia's doorstep
Scott Noteboom, CEO of LitBit speaking at The Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit 2014 in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. http://bit.ly/1qpxVfV Scott Noteboom is a data centre engineer who led builds for Apple and Yahoo in the earliest days of the cloud, and who now eyes Asia as the next big opportunity. Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/372482,how-do-we-serve-three-billion-new-internet-users.aspx#ixzz2yNLmMG5C
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
Interview: Karl Maftoum, CIO, ACMA
To COTS or not to COTS? iTnews asks Karl Maftoum, CIO of the ACMA, at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
Susan Sly: What is the Role of the CIO?
AEMO chief information officer Susan Sly calls for more collaboration among Australia's technology leaders at the CIO Strategy Summit.
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Finance CIO of the Year
Credit Union Australia's David Gee awarded Finance CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards.
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Retail CIO of the Year
Damon Rees named Retail CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Woolworths.
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Robyn Elliott named the 2014 Utilities CIO of the Year
Acting Foxtel CIO David Marks accepts an iTnews Benchmark Award on behalf of Robyn Elliott.
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Industrial CIO of the Year
Sanjay Mehta named Industrial CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at ConocoPhillips.
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Healthcare CIO of the Year
Greg Wells named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at NSW Health.
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Education CIO of the Year
William Confalonieri named Healthcare CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at Deakin University.
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
Meet the 2014 Government CIO of the Year
David Johnson named Government CIO of the Year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his work at the Queensland Police Service.
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Q and A: Coalition Broadband Policy
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott discuss the Coalition's broadband policy with the press.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
AFP scalps hacker 'leader' inside Australia's IT ranks.
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a Sydney-based IT security professional for hacking a government website.
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
NBN Petition Delivered To Turnbull's Office
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO: IT teams of the future
UTS CIO Chrissy Burns talks data.
New UTS Building: the IT within
New UTS Building: the IT within
The IT behind tomorrow's universities.
iTnews' NBN Panel
iTnews' NBN Panel
Is your enterprise NBN-ready?
Introducing iTnews Labs
Introducing iTnews Labs
See a timelapse of the iTnews labs being unboxed, set up and switched on! iTnews will produce independent testing of the latest enterprise software to hit the market after installing a purpose-built test lab in Sydney. Watch the installation of two DL380p servers, two HP StoreVirtual 4330 storage arrays and two HP ProCurve 2920 switches.
The True Cost of BYOD
The True Cost of BYOD
iTnews' Brett Winterford gives attendees of the first 'Touch Tomorrow' event in Brisbane a brief look at his research into enterprise mobility. What are the use cases and how can they be quantified? What price should you expect to pay for securing mobile access to corporate applications? What's coming around the corner?
Ghost clouds
Ghost clouds
ACMA chair Chris Chapman says there is uncertainty over whether certain classes of cloud service providers are caught by regulations.
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Was the Snowden leak inevitable?
Privacy experts David Vaile (UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre) and Craig Scroggie (CEO, NextDC) claim they were not surprised by the Snowden leaks about the NSA's PRISM program.
Latest Comments
Polls
Which bank is most likely to suffer an RBS-style meltdown?





   |   View results
ANZ
  20%
 
Bankwest
  9%
 
CommBank
  11%
 
National Australia Bank
  17%
 
Suncorp
  24%
 
Westpac
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 1440

Vote