Feeds

Australia to restrict laser-pointers - Minister

Pry my presentational aid from my cold dead fingers

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

Australia will move to restrict imports of powerful laser pointers which have recently been used in dazzling attacks against airline pilots coming in to land.

The Aussie government may also regulate ownership of such lasers more heavily, in a manner similar to the way it treats firearms.

"There are legitimate uses for devices that are used by surveyors and astronomers, for instance, but we will be putting heavy restrictions on the importation of the kind of lasers that have been used in these recent attacks," said Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus yesterday. Debus was speaking to ABC.

"Recent attacks on pilots have highlighted the seriousness of the problem. It's destructive, dangerous behavior which needs a coordinated response across Australia."

Debus is believed to be referring to green laser pointers, some of which give out a more powerful beam than ordinary red ones. There has been a rash of such attacks against commercial aircraft in Australia, including one last week in which six airliners approaching Sydney were compelled to alter their landing plans due to green lasers shining from the Bexley area.

Debus has previously said that the lasers could become subject to the same kind of regulations as firearms. According to Aussie civil-aviation spokesmen, five or six laser attacks are reported every week.

Such harassment has also occurred in the States, causing angry feds to read the Patriot Act at photon-squirting miscreants there. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.