AFP details leaked after Colombian government hack
Australian Federal Police (AFP) drug operations and details of its officers have come to light after a trove of classified Colombian government documents was hacked.
To strengthen the security of its computer systems and identify the information that has been exposed, AFP said it is currently working with its international partners to help Colombian law enforcement.
In a statement on Friday, an AFP spokesperson said he was concerned about “possible breaches” of operational security as a result of the data compromise.
“AFP is working with our partners in the affected regions to mitigate any potential threat to the safety of people or ongoing investigations,” the AFP spokesperson added.
Cooperation with Colombian law enforcement had prevented large quantities of drugs from entering Australia, according to the AFP spokesman, which had dismantled the drug cartels.
In an interview with Seven’s SunriseLabor Minister Jason Clare said the data breach was serious.
“We all know of the Colombian drug cartels and their tentacles that stretch across the world, including here in Australia, where criminals work with them,” the minister said. Clear said.
Around 70% of organized and serious crime threats in Australia are based overseas or have strong international connections.
According to the AAP, the AFP was involved in 266 international disruption operations that prevented drugs from reaching Australian shores in the 2021-22 financial year.
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Nastasha is a journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively on veterans affairs, cybersecurity and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is the co-author of a book titled The stories that women journalists tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a content producer at Verizon Media, a digital producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, digital journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as website manager and digital producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her media career as a video producer and digital news presenter at News Corp Australia.