Sunday, October 21, 2012

Common Problem - Technology Outpaces Spies

Australia's domestic spy agency has revealed there have been intelligence failures in recent years because of changing technology. 

Speaking exclusively to Radio National's Background Briefing program, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) director-general David Irvine says new ways of communicating electronically are white-anting* his agency's surveillance powers.

"We have had not near misses, we have had misses," he said.

"In recent years there have been instances where devices have been used or devices have been used that we didn't know about, and we have missed information. (more) (Audio: Law expert George Williams talks to PM (PM) )

* - An Australian term for the process of internal erosion of a foundation.