Parliament cyber attack hits major parties

Australia’s major political parties have been hit by a sophisticated cyber attack from a foreign country that also targeted the networks of federal parliament.

Liberal, Labor and National Party platforms were hacked during a breach of the Australian Parliament House network earlier this month.

“Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Monday.

Security sources indicated last week China could be behind the attack, but the government’s cyber security chief said the culprit was not yet clear.

There is no evidence of any attempt to interfere in Australian elections.

Still, the government has put measures in place to ensure the integrity of the electoral system.

“We have acted decisively to protect our national interests,” Mr Morrison said.

ASIO boss Duncan Lewis has also been quizzed about the attack.

“I don’t want to go into detail of what has been stopped and started; I am satisfied it has been managed within an inch of its life,” he told a Senate committee. ..Read More..

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