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Australian government hit with widespread ‘sophisticated’ cyber-attacks

by Peter Smyth Tech Journalist

The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the government and institutions are being targeted with ongoing “sophisticated” cyber-attacks.

The cyber-attacks have hit “all levels of government” including essential services and businesses, but Morrison declined to say which state actor.

The attacks have happened over many months and are increasing, but no major personal data breaches have been made.

Morrison made the announcement on Friday to raise awareness for businesses to improve their cybersecurity and added, the “malicious” activity is being seen globally.

The Prime Minister said the attacks had spanned “government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure.”

Morrison said officials have identified this it is a state hack “because of the scale and nature of the targeting and the trade craft used.

“There are not a large number of state-based actors that can engage in this type of activity.”

This week China launched sustained cyber-attacks against India’s banking systems and government websites.

The Indian government said that they were hit with series of DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks.

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