Australia is to roll out an internet access service to address cyber threats such as ransomware, a report has said.
The Communications Minister, Brendan O’Connor, made the announcement in the wake of the Paris attacks, which killed 129 people.
The announcement comes after the government launched a consultation process last year.
The service will provide an access to the internet to Australians aged 18 and over.
Mr O’Conner said the service would not be limited to residential internet access, but would be available across Australia’s population.
“The government has seen the threats of cyber threats that we have been dealing with over the last few years,” he said.
“It’s not just the financial sector.
We’ve seen the internet used in serious criminal activity, in mass shootings, in domestic violence, and now this.”Mr O