New code for internet-connected devices to stop hackers


Web-connected devices including smart TVs, watches and home speakers will be subject to a new industry code to protect families, businesses and Australia’s national security from cyber hackers.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will on Tuesday raise the alarm on poor cyber security features in many devices, calling on companies to do more to stamp out cyber crime.Play Video

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With a growing reliance on devices such as mobile phones, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says they need to have better inbuilt security features to prevent cyber attacks and data breaches.

The voluntary code would require companies to develop a “vulnerability disclosure policy”, make their systems resilient to outages and ensure their software updates are secure.

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