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Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers

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A broken Ethernet cable is seen in front of binary code and words "cyber security."

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil said the taskforce would "day in, day out, hunt down the scumbags who are responsible for these malicious crimes."

Credit: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Australia on Saturday formalized a new cyber-policing model in a stepped-up effort to "hunt down" cyber criminal syndicates, following recent hacks impacting millions of Australians.

Australia's biggest health insurer, Medibank Private Ltd (MPL.AX), last month was hit by a massive cyber attack, as Australia grapples with a rise in damaging hacks.

At least eight companies, including Singapore Telecommunications-owned (STEL.SI) telecom company Optus, Australia's second largest telco, have reported breaches since September.

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