PM Scott Morrison says Australian private and public sector organisations are being targeted in a sophisticated cyber-attack by a foreign entity.
PM reveals state-based cyber attack there has been a major cyber attack on Australian institutions and companies. He attributes it to a “state-based actor with sophisticated capabilities.” But he does NOT name the country which Australia believes is responsible.
Australia is currently being hit by a major cyber attack which is targeting all levels of government, political parties and private businesses.
Scott Morrison has revealed that a state-based cyber actor” is undertaking the attack.
“Based on advice provided to me by our cyber experts, Australian organisations are currently being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor,” the Prime Minister said in Canberra.
“This activity is targeting Australian organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of Government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure.
“We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting and the trade craft used.”
He declined to identify a specific state actor, adding no major personal data breaches had been made.
The activity has been increasing in frequency over many months, he said.
He said cyber experts had identified it as a state hack “because of the scale and nature of the targeting and the trade craft used”.
When asked whether that country had been identified, Mr Morrison said he would not make “any public attribution”.
“There are not a large number of state-based actors that can engage in this type of activity,” he told reporters on Friday.
He stressed that similar “malicious” activity had been seen in jurisdictions globally, making it not unique to Australia.