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Australia is hit with huge ‘state-directed’ cyber attack targeting ALL levels of government and essential services

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A “SOPHISTICATED state-based cyber actor” is targeting the Australian government and other organizations, according to national officials.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday the attacks have targeted all levels of government, political organizations, essential service providers, and other groups of critical infrastructure.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed on Thursday that the government was attacked by a ‘state-based cyber actor’[/caption]

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The attacks targeted all levels of the government, political organizations, and operators of other critical infrastructure, Morrison said[/caption]

“We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting,” he said at a press briefing in Canberra.

Not many state actors were capable of launching an attack of this scale, but Australia won’t name the country responsible, Morrison said.

He added that the threat was made public to raise awareness and that the attack was launched by a state-based actor with significant capabilities.

There were no large-scale personal data breaches from the attack, Australia‘s defense Minister Linda Reynolds said.

Although the threat was constant, the frequency of the attacks had increased over several months.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison media briefing
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Morrison told reporters on Thursday that he won’t reveal the culprit behind the large-scale attack[/caption]

Prime Minister Scott Morrison Australian Parliament
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Morrison said he made the threat public to raise awareness[/caption]


The revelation follows a Reuters report that said Canberra had determined China was the culprit of a hacking attack last March on the Australian parliament.

Australia never publicly named the source of that attack, and China denied playing a role.

The country strained its ties with China, its largest trading partner, by pushing for an international probe into the source and spread of coronavirus.

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