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Australia accuses foreign government of cyber attack on lawmakers

You’ll notice that no evidence of foreign involvement has been given. It’s now the knee jerk reaction (with some justification) to blame “The Chinese” or “The Russians” but we should be careful. There’s a  significant chance of any cyber warfare escalating rapidly (in microseconds) so attribution should be based on evidence, not feelings or beliefs…:

A cyber attack on Australian lawmakers that breached the networks of major political parties was probably carried out by a foreign government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, but did not name any suspects, Trend reports citing Reuters.

As Australia heads for an election due by May, lawmakers were told this month told to urgently change their passwords after the cyber intelligence agency detected an attack on the national parliament’s computer network.

The hackers breached the networks of major political parties, Morrison said, as he issued an initial assessment by investigators.

“Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity,” he told parliament.

“We also became aware that the networks of some political parties, Liberal, Labor and Nationals have also been affected.”

Morrison did not reveal what information was accessed, but he said there was no evidence of election interference.

Investors are still securing local networks, said Alastair MacGibbon, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, the government department responsible for online security.

“Our political institutions represent high-value targets,” MacGibbon told reporters in the capital, Canberra.

“We will continue to work with our friends and colleagues, both here and overseas, to work out who is behind it and hopefully their intent.”

Analysts have said China, Russia and Iran were the most likely culprits.

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Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.
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