A “significant state-based cyber actor” has launched a massive cybersecurity attack on the Australian Government and businesses across the country.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the significant intrusion at a press conference in Canberra on Friday morning.
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It’s understood the target of the hackers include all levels of Government,
He confirmed the Australian Cyber Security Centre has been actively working with targeted organisations to ensure that they have “appropriate technical mitigations” in place and their “defences are appropriately raised”.
When asked what nation was suspected to be behind the attack, Mr Morrison said t
When probed whether China may be behind the attack following increasing tensions between the two countries, the Prime Minister said “
Thankfully it’s understood the
The motive behind the malicious attack, which has reportedly been underway for “quite some time”, remains unclear.
The Prime Minister said the Government was raising the issue “
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said there are
“Firstly, patch your internet-facing devices promptly, ensuring that any web or email servers are fully updated with the latest software,” she said.
“Secondly, ensure you always use multi-factor authentication to secure your internet access, infrastructure and also your cloud-based platforms. Thirdly, it’s important to become an ASSC partner to ensure you get the latest cyber threat advice to protect your organisation online.”