Honestly this is wrong, and illegal. I have no confidence ASIO has the competence to hack a third party computer with the aim of targeting a criminal.
Think about it; why would you use a third party computer if you already know the target computer, just go for it. Maybe the reasoning is that an innocent third party Computer wouldn't set of any alarms to the criminals , but doesn't make a grain of sense to me personally.
''(It would be used) in extremely limited circumstances and only when explicitly approved by the Attorney-General through a warrant.
''Importantly, the warrant would not authorise ASIO to obtain intelligence material from the third party computer.''
Australians' personal computers might be used to send a malicious email with a virus attached, or to load ''malware'' onto a website frequently visited by the target.
The likelihood of that scenario going terribly wrong is high. The third party Comp could/would intercept via it's Resident Anti-Malware the malicious package and just quarantine it.
'This stuff goes on already in the commercial and criminal world, and security agencies could be using the same techniques to commandeer people's computers and use them to monitor a target,'' Mr Pam said.
''Once you get control of a computer and connect to their network you can do whatever you want.''
Sounds like a bunch of Kindergarten kids fantasising at milk and fruit time.
This stupid idea has come from a Politician, once the plan is assigned to a Computer expert they'll simply say no.
Australian Government was going to put a Filter on the Internet a few years back, which was a complete failure. Something similar to the 'Great firewall of China'.
Last thing anyone needs is for politicians who don't know anything about Computers sending dangerous Malware to anyone, even so called criminals.
ASIO is as competent as Inspector Clouseau, in the Pink Panther movies.