‘Australian organisations are being targeted’
Canberra : Scott Morrison on Friday revealed “Australian Organisations are being targeted by a ‘malicious’ and ‘sophisticated’ state based cyber attack”. The Prime Minister,today, stated that ‘a cyber attack of a significant scale is currently targeting a range of sectors ,including all levels of government , industry, political organisations ,education, health ,essential service providers , and operators of other critical infrastructure across Australia.
Scott Morison confirms it is from sophisticated state based actor , adding “there are not a large number of state based actors that can engage in this type of activity”
Mr. Morrison did not specify which agencies or businesses are believed to be under attack ,nor did he detail the exact nature of the attacks – though he did say that the government’s investigation has not uncovered any “large-scale personal data breaches”
The Australian PM didn’t specify any particular state name behind the massive ‘Cyber terrorism’ . he only said “there are not a large number of state based actors that can engage in this type of activity”
He added “i can’t control what speculation others might engage in on this issue or ,frankly, any other. I have simply laid out the facts as we know them and as we have disclosed today”
On Friday, Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds urged all Australian organisations to protect their networks from cyber attack. She said “There is no doubt that malicious cyber activity is increasing in frequency ,scale, in sophistication and in its impact. The activity harms Australia’s national security and also our economic interests. ”
Already ,Australian Cyber security Centre and the Department of Home Affairs updated its technical advises ,with outline the steps to detect and mitigate such ‘Cyber threats’
Is China behind the Cyber attack on Australia ?
While Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined to say who may be behind the cyber attack, the scale and timing led many experts to immediately point the finger at China. The PM said in his press address “I could not control speculation”
The diplomatic and political relationship between Australia and China, in recent times, have grown increasingly more tense. Over the past six months , disputes typically kept behind closed doors have leaked into public view. I began with Australia pushing for independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19. China responded with threats of economic coercion, and then placed tariff on Australian barely and banned beef from four major Australian exporters.
More over, Australia-China relationship tense high up over Chinese aggression & incursion policy in the Himalayan range. In view of Chinese imperialist approach, Australia and India raised their relationship to a “Comprehensive strategic Partnership” and issued a joint declaration on a shared vision of “Maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region”
Few days ago, On June 10, China put capital punishment for drug smuggling case. A Australian citizen was sentenced to death on ‘first instance verdict smuggling methamphetamine” by Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court.
So, that, Chinese named aired on ‘Cyber attack’ speculation. However, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t immediately respond on the speculation.