Australian government bombarded by cyber attacks

Australia has been hit by a series of ongoing, sophisticated cyber attacks targeting “all levels of government”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.  The government, the industrial sector, political groups, schools, healthcare organisations and essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure have all come under attack in the past few months.  The nature of the attacks – targeting public-facing infrastructure and essential services – suggests that whoever is responsible is trying to disrupt systems or steal government data.  Indeed, Morrison confirmed that the attacker was “a state-based actor, with very significant capabilities”, although he didn’t speculate on which one.  Who is responsible?  The list of countries with the capability to launch such an attack is probably limited … Continue reading Australian government bombarded by cyber attacks