Australia’s government and institutions that govern the country’s major resources are under a sophisticated cyber-attack – Prime Minister Scott Morrison quoted.
Morrison further goes on to say that the cyberattacks are covering “all levels of governments” as well as essential services and businesses. However, he declines to identify a specific state sector and said that no personal data has yet been breached.
The current attack seems to be one of many over a period of several months and as increasing in relativity and numbers. The Prime Minister said that the public announcement comes in order to public awareness to urge businesses to improve their defenses. However, Morrison goes on to say that the cyberattacks are not a global cause and are limited to the Kangaroo state only.
Mr. Morrison did not name specific cases but said it had spanned “government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure“. In retrospect, last year the Australian National University said that they were hacked by a sophisticated operation which successfully accessed student and staff details. Australian’s major political parties and parliament were also hit by a similar attack.
On being asked if Australia has any leads as to the origin of the attack, Morrison remained pretty clear about his answer. Without naming any country in particular, Morrison aim was right on spot. “There are not a large number of state-based actors that can engage in this type of activity,” he said, without giving specifics.
When asked to identify a country, Mr. Morrison said he would not make “any public attribution”.
While individual cyber security experts in Australia have linked various hacks in Australia to China. They further say that China is one of the few states, along with Russia, Iran, and North Korea which carry the capacity to carry such an extensive attack.