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Threats of cyber espionage and terrorism

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Latest Political News | Monday April 15 2013 17:32

Threats of cyber espionage and terrorism

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New Zealanders are being warned the threats of cyber espionage and terrorism are real.

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the laws regarding the Government Security Communications Bureau will be changed to allow it to support other agencies investigating potential security threats.

He says there is also a genuine cyber threat the GCSB is countering.

"There have been covert attempts to acquire New Zealand science and technology for programmes relating to weapons of mass destruction, or weapons delivery systems."

John Key says the threat of terrorism is real.

"There are people within our country who have links to offshore terrorist groups.

"Those links range from helping to fund terrorist groups through to an attraction to their extremist activities."

The prime minister says the current law isn't fit for its purpose and probably never was.

He says it would be irresponsible for the Government to do nothing about the situation.

Mr Key says a law change will be introduced that will allow the spy agency to assist other agencies, such as the SIS, Police, and the Defence Force.

"With regards to the three main functions, the Act will be amended to make clear the GCSB can use its powers when undertaking activities in all of these areas, subject to controls and conditions."

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