Australia targeted by “state” cyber attack, PM Morrison said


Australian government and institutions targeted by a sophisticated course of state cyber hack, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Mr. Morrison said the cyber attacks were widespread, covering “all levels of government”, as well as service providers and businesses.

He failed to identify a specific state of the actor, adding that none of the main data breaches have been made.

The activity has been more and more frequent for many months, he said.

He said the government of cyber experts knew it was a cyber actor state “because of the scale and nature of targeting and trade, of the crafts used. ”

“There is not a large number of state actors likely to engage in this type of activity,” he added.

“We raised this issue today not to raise concerns in the minds of the public, but to raise awareness in the mind. ”

Last February, Australia’s main political parties and parliament were struck by a “malicious intrusion” on their computer networks carried out by a “sophisticated state of the actor”.


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