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The advantage of having some sort of new militia-type arrangement is that you can draw on the skills that exist in the broader public, in the workforce, without necessarily having them in uniform full time, so you can draw on them when there's a cyber emergency of some kind.The incident has been described as a "ransomware attack", where cyber criminals encrypt a computer system so it cannot be used.www.abc.net.au...
A recent ransomware attack on a university in Canada proves that governments around the world need to consider investing in a "cyber militia", a cyber crime expert has said. The University of Calgary was forced to pay more than $CA20,000 to cyber criminals after an advanced attack on its computer network last week. Professor Greg Austin, from the Australian Centre for Cyber Security, said the incident showed that universities were particularly vulnerable. "Universities are a principal target for cyber attackers because of the important intellectual property that they contain in their systems," he said. "This attack on the University of Calgary shows that all major institutions, hospitals, businesses, universities … they're all susceptible to dangerous and debilitating cyber attacks of one kind of another."