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US and Australia announce deeper cooperation on cyber-defence

The United States and Australia have announced that both countries will work more closely together in cyber-security efforts, among other measures in what the White House termed an "alliance for the future".

President Obama and Prime Minister Abbott met at the White House yesterday in an effort to further expand the collaboration between both nations, in terms of humanitarian relief, military defence, and cyber-defence.

A statement released by the White House press office (spotted by the Register) said: "The United States and Australia are also working to strengthen cooperation on space and cyber issues, including cyber defence and cyber security incident response."

However, nothing was said beyond this to flesh out any details therein. And as the Register notes, it's not as if both nations haven't already been working closely together in terms of cyber-security under the so-called Five Eyes alliance of the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Indeed, post-Snowden revelations, Five Eyes has come in for some considerable flak, but the Australian PM took the time to stand behind it during a visit to Canada previous to this White House meeting, in which he said it was "for the good of the world".

Last autumn, an intelligence expert claimed that Australia is being used as a "listening post" by the NSA to monitor the Asia Pacific region, and the activities of the likes of China and North Korea.

At any rate, further ties and collaboration across cyber-security fronts is inevitable as we move into an era where conflicts are going to see an increasing shift into the virtual world of cyber-wars.