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  • Minister of Internal Affairs: Ukraine and Australia to jointly counter cross-border cyber threats
    Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, posted 24 October 2018 09:28

    Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov, while on a working visit to Australia, met with Minister for Home Affairs of Australia Peter Dutton. The parties have agreed to kick off the joint program for  systematic cooperation against terrorism and cybercrime.

    The meeting was also attended by the Head of the National Police of Ukraine Serhii Knyazev and Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police Andrew Colvin.

    According to Minister, today the world has common threats - terrorism in all its forms and cyber attacks. Given the hybrid war with Russia, it is incredibly important for Ukraine to strengthen the cooperation first of all in terms of countering and protecting against cyber threats. Ukraine has already engaged in cooperation with the Australian cyber specialists.

    "We had two very successful joint operations, but we would like to have a systemic cooperation. In two days I will be at Interpol’s cyber crime centre in Singapore. We want to substantially strengthen our presence, primarily in terms of countering cyber war  and defense. We work very thoroughly on this issue with our colleagues from the United States and Great Britain. The biggest  is the "Avalanche" special operation, which has been conducted around the world for the detection of bank fraudsters, and our joint international non-Petya anti-virus group, which I know has hit Australia too", Arsen Avakov underscored.

    The Australian Minister for Home Affairs stressed that Australia is a member of so-called "Five Eyes" partners (U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand and Great Britain) and is keen on deeping cooperation with other world countries.

    Moreover, the parties discussed mutual recognition of driving licenses and other ID-documents, as well as assistance from the Government of Australia directed to  providing psychological and physiological rehabilitation of ATO veterans, military serviceman and d policemen.