Australia’s controversial online hacking legislation has passed

A controversial bill that will significantly boost the capacity of law enforcement agencies to identify and disrupt ‘serious criminal activity’ online has passed the Senate.

The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2021 gives the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) three new spying powers, including the ability to modify and delete suspect data.

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NEW HACKING ABILITIES

Australia’s controversial and heavily scrutinised hacking bill has been passed by the Senate, giving authorities three new powers when it comes to ‘tackling online crime’.

TOTT News first reported the introduction of this bill in December 2020, after previous calls by Peter Dutton in March 2020 — right after he returned from a Five Eyes meeting in the United States.

(A meeting that was suspiciously held around the same time the pandemic was officially declared. Of course, he ‘caught COVID’ while over there, which hid questioning of his trip perfectly).

Now, this 18 month vision has come to pass and threatens what little privacy Australians have left.

The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2021 gives the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) unprecedented powers to access the technologies and online accounts of suspected ‘online criminals’:

The legislation includes the ability to take over a person’s online account, collect intelligence from online networks, and add, copy, delete or alter data, during the course of an investigation.

These powers will substantially boost the capacity of the AFP and ACIC to ‘fight cyber crime’.

Specifically, agencies will be granted the following abilities:

  • Network activity warrants will enable the AFP and the ACIC to collect intelligence on the most harmful criminal networks operating online, including on the dark web and when using anonymising technologies.
  • Data disruption warrants will enable the AFP and the ACIC to disrupt serious criminality online – authorising the AFP and the ACIC to modify data belonging to individuals suspected of criminal activity, to frustrate the commission of serious offences such as the distribution of child exploitation material.
  • An account takeover power enabling the AFP and the ACIC to take control of a person’s online account for the purposes of gathering evidence about criminal activity, to be used in conjunction with other investigatory powers. Right now, law enforcement agencies rely on a person consenting to the takeover of their account.

Unsurprisingly, these new powers have copped criticisms from a number of civil liberty advocates.

No one’s safe under these new laws,” Victorian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe said of the proposal.

“It will affect grassroots communities across the country, it will affect children. It will affect anybody who downloads a movie illegally over the internet – they could go to jail for five years.”

Once again, Australia’s intelligence community has gained more powers to monitor the online realm, now expanding to federal police. As is typically the case, the scope of the new powers are disproportionate to the threats of serious and organised cybercrime to which they are directed.

This is because it is not designed for that purpose.

It is designed for the systematic targeting of new-age thoughtcriminals.

ERA OF THOUGHTCRIME

There is a lack of evidence justifying the need for warrants of this nature, beyond those already available. In fact, no other country in the Five Eyes alliance has conferred this much power on a law enforcement agency, that this bill will. These things are normally left for intelligence alone.

While the legislation focuses on crimes such as child sexual abuse and ‘black market’ activity, experts warn there are few checks and balances in place to protect citizens.

I mean, let’s not forget that ‘paedophiles’ have been used as an excuse each and every time a surveillance bill is passed, yet, no progress is ever made in catching those criminals?

We still have a plethora of entangled surveillance laws in Australia — totalling more than 124 acts amending legislative frameworks for the intelligence community since September 11.

This includes concerning bills that have passed in recent years, including:

Australia’s anti-encryption legislation, which requires internet service providers to offer up details about technical characteristics of their systems, such as apps, websites or devices, that could help intelligence agencies exploit weaknesses that have not been patched.

Let’s also not forget about the ‘trio of doom’ introduced in 2014, that opened the gateway for a new-age of digital surveillance and criminal investigation, ahead of the G20 Summit in Brisbane.

Every time, it is always the same old story.

Problem, reaction, solution.

All about our ‘safety’ and ‘protection’.

Although this may seem on the surface to about ‘children’ or ‘stopping criminals’, many readers of this site will already see how this piece of the puzzle will help the larger picture form.

Specifically, when assisting Australia’s new (scoping) online ‘disinformation taskforce’.

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EYES OF BIG BROTHER

In July 2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade established a new taskforce to counter “online disinformation campaigns”, in a bid to further clamp down on social media activities.

Authorities have made it clear time-and-time again that they are targeting free thinkers.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne warned of an “infodemic” of online misinformation — a term used frequently in recent months — and said it was troubling that some countries were “using the pandemic to undermine liberal democracy and promote their own, more authoritarian models”.

The taskforce came as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) handed down a report naming bushfire and COVID-19 ‘conspiracies’ as a main source of disinformation.

Now, legislation has passed that allows free reign of online activity, including modifying data.

Orwellian surveillance continues to reach unprecedented heights in Australia.

Australian organisations are 20 times more likely to intercept telephone calls than the United States government. This includes accessing personal data an astonishing 1,200 times per week in 2015.

The government’s surveillance bill could be used to target everyone from Freedom Day campaigners, to underage kids illegally downloading movies, critics have warned.

Now is the time to learn and understand how to protect yourself online.

We have left some guides here on the website to assist, including:

Discussion: Online protection, ISP, data

What Your ISP Knows and How to Stop it Tracking You

Common Hacks That Protect from Cyber Threats

Spike in cyber attacks increases focus on data security

Why Homeowners Need Residential Proxies – All You Need To Know

Australian Children At Risk Online: Parents Advised To Be Vigilant

Stay alert, Australia!

We will leave you with this great TOTT cartoon from Steve Hunter:


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13 comments on “Australia’s controversial online hacking legislation has passed”

  1. Bills have to be approved by referendum. Oh, I forgot they did it through their corporation so therefore it only applies to corporations which I suppose is our Birth Certificates

  2. I stand by my previous comment. So now they are publicising what they have been doing in secret for years. Go f@ck yourself ASIO.

    “New legislation will expand online surveillance powers”

    GARETH TRAIN SAYS: December 16, 2020 at 06:40
    The CIA (aka Jesuit Cabal) invented the web to infiltrate, manipulate and CONTROL. Social media was created to usurp (embedded with MK programming) unintel services have always been up in your shit and had the ability to take over a person’s online account, collect intelligence from online networks, and add, copy, delete or alter your data. So what’s new in this legislation? If we go back to the 90s it was foretold that independent news media would become the weapon of the state. How? Entrapment. The law has been corrupted to the point that speaking the truth is a breach of national security. For all the simpletons out there that don’t get it the unintel services infiltrated right wing conspiracy groups in the 90s and they control their agenda so this legislation has nothing to do with monitoring of child sexual abuse and ‘black market’ activity, right wing, left wing, conspiracy groups or anti government groups as these are all in their control. It is about taking control of independent media to entrap. Trust no one, question everything.

    1. Have to agree, this is the natural progression, of the obvious, security measures,
      Once secret, but now to be bought in to the Legal Domain:
      Because, they want you to know about it.!
      Both in the psychological and the legal process, of attaching penalties;
      Because, in the past, operations, could be comprised by to much knowledge:

      The psychological effects, are more in the implications, ‘ losers’ : we are watching,
      they always were , but now there will be market opportunities, contracts for those
      Foriegn owned companies, who have been operating and producing all the back
      doors, in the software; well,! for everyone of the five eyes. Sixth eye:?

      As the Public Installation, of the New old World , digital interface, of you will have
      no privacy, and you will love it: As the ‘ Cloud ‘ of everything, will be the ….
      ‘ Space Force’ ( bought to you by those missing trillions) Mission Central,
      Data, will have cognitive awareness, with the data link, Nanotechnology antennae,
      Human pods, for mutual exploitation and regulation:

      There is nothing new, the great reset, UN agendas, are all , the New old World,
      as it has always been: rebranding, in its typical symbolism of ritual, so all of
      the Nomenclature of whatever Cabal , or more correctly, what Fiefdom, or the
      Pyrates of Commerce. settle the contracts, for the new dominion: as the mass
      cull, is wrought , for the new page of Rule: Pax Romana, or the Babylonian remit:
      The names , do not matter, it is what they have created, a mystique, a magical
      spell, it is the belief in the mind, this is the single control mechanism, as we
      witness, in our World, today, truth is now fear, and equally, by what we see in
      this legislation, they fear truth , more than we do:!!

  3. Nice one Ethan & Gareth. How naive am I…I used to think Dutton was “one of the good guys”. Didn’t he start off as a nice, honest policeman in south Brisbane? He’s obviously taken his thirty pieces of silver from the cabal to sell out the Australian people. Yet another candidate for Nuremberg 2.

    The Orwellian “SA Health” is about to start a “covid vaccination trial” of children on Kangaroo Island, 80km S of Adelaide. I have emailed my “13 reasons not to take the covid “vaccine”” to whoever I can think of (and find emails for) down there…the Mayor, school Principals, newspaper editor…but actually I don’t trust any of these. I haven’t got time to go down and walk around Kingscote, Parndana and Penneshsaw with a placard.

    I wonder if Dutton and his mates are eavesdropping on us here? For the first time, my email address and name (for posting my comment) did not fill the boxes automatically after one letter typed in…had to type in the lot. If so, listen to this, Dutton: “Go get double-quaxxed you bloody quaxling…no, make that triple (booster included), all administered with a large horse needle”. You are now a front-runner for this week’s award.

    1. The only thing more extreme than the disdain and suspicion with which the government are now treating their own people, is the respect and trust they demand we pay them in return. They can never go back now.

      1. Always amazed ME, that these ‘Units’ [Pollies & Govt Agents], their Collective paws haven’t even ‘Cooled’, after having just left a ‘Bible’ [Do they still do this?] on Swearing on ‘Their Eternal SOULS [Currently M.I.A.] in ”Allegiance’ TO, & Servitude OF, THE Australian People, that they have ALREADY worked some System, to SCREW OVER, THEIR ‘Employers’ – US, THEN, have some form of warped EGO, that we should address THEM with reverence & call them THE HOHOURABLE!
        Bit the same as Institutionalised Religion Really!
        & here I thought Stand Up Comedy was Dead! I Queen Mab most of ’em now!
        If ‘THEY or their Agents’ are in distress, or peril in Future, & I ‘Know’ of their Ilk, & Situational ‘OUTCOME’, I’ll Leave them to their ‘Fate’ without thought – The NEW ‘Fairness’!
        Wellness to US!

  4. Australia has been modeling itself on China for some decades. With a conviction rate as high or higher than any Chinese court, Australia now moves into controlling people for thinking certain thoughts as also happens in China. When Australia handed over all textile manufacturing to China causing massive unemployment & homelessness in Australia it became rather obvious China controls Australia. With both major political parties accepting direct & in direct cash from China it was always inevitable China would want its investment in controlling & limiting Australia’s growth protected & this anti dissent legislation is nothing more than communists looking after communist interests under the guise of combating pedophiles & other online crimes (excluding the financial transactions & treasonous crimes of corrupt Australian politicians ie: Daniel Andrews)

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