Parliament House computer network hacked in overnight attack

Security agencies have launched an investigation after the computer network at Parliament House in Canberra was hacked.

The attack happened on Thursday night and early Friday morning.

In a statement, House of Representatives Speaker Tony Smith and Senate President Scott Ryan say the immediate focus is securing the network and protecting data and users.


“There is no evidence that any data has been accessed or taken at this time, however this will remain subject to an ongoing investigation.”

Officials don’t believe the attack is related to anyone trying to meddle with elections or the business of parliament.

“Similarly, we have no evidence that this is an attempt to influence the outcome of parliamentary processes or to disrupt or influence electoral or political processes.”

However it’s reported that agencies are investigating whether China is behind the attack.

All staff have been instructed to reset their passwords following the incident.

“While there is no guaranteed approach to cyber security, best practice is the ability to detect and remediate threats quickly. The department has done this working jointly with expert agencies.”

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