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  •   Home > News > Technology

    GCSB sees potential in malware pilot

    Vodafone's security pilot programme for the GCSB has shown the technology could "significantly" dent malicious software attacks.


    Vodafone New Zealand's security pilot programme for the Government Communications Security Bureau has shown the technology could "significantly" dent malicious software attacks.

    The country's second-biggest internet service provider launched the "Malware-Free Networks" pilot by the GCSB last year.

    It uses top-of-the-line technology to protect a small number of its commercial customers from a growing number of cyber attacks.

    The GCSB was scheduled to report back to Cabinet in the first quarter of this year with options for the future of programme, with any extension needing ministerial approval.

    "GCSB has provided a report to Cabinet on the Malware-Free Networks pilot indicating its potential to disrupt a significant volume of malicious activity," a spokesman said.

    "We are continuing to work with Vodafone to maintain the Malware-Free Networks capability until a decision has been made about post-pilot options, and will provide a further report back to Cabinet."

    Malware threats accounted for about 17 per cent of the government's Computer Emergency Response Team direct responses in the pilot's three months of operation, the second most common category behind phishing.

    Any potential extension will now fall to the new government, with Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern indicating she planned to take the intelligence portfolio, and ministers are expected to get their warrants on Thursday.

    The GCSB had been keen to test its Cortex technology with an ISP since 2014.

    However, Cabinet wanted the intelligence agency to report back before signing off on such a deal.

    The Cortex system became public when former Prime Minister John Key declassified some documents in response to claims New Zealand's GCSB embarked on plans to implement mass metadata surveillance, including the tapping of the Southern Cross Cable, in 2012 and 2013, in an initiative called "Speargun".

    Project Cortex wasn't seen as causing material privacy issues, with controls including how data is access, stored, shared and disposed of.

    The business plan said there will be no mass surveillance, and that data will be accessed by GCSB only with the consent of owners of relevant networks or systems.


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