Stuff: ANALYSIS: NZ lacks informed public debate on spying

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ANALYSIS: When the New Zealand Security intelligence Service was established more than 60 years ago, the main concern was Cold War operatives on New Zealand soil. Now the intelligence and security agencies are more worried about Russian state-sponsored cyber-hacking.

In the rapidly changing landscape, both the watchdog tasked with independently overseeing the intelligence and security agencies, and the general public, need to get up-to-speed on the issues facing the intelligence and security world.

Last week, Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) boss Andrew Hampton said there were signs New Zealand organisations have been directly threatened by Russian state-sponsored hacking.

“Attributing cyber incidents to particular countries is something that is carefully considered and is a step not taken lightly,” he added.

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