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Australia Has Been Hit By A 'Large Scale' Cyber Attack By Foreign Government

Australia Has Been Hit By A 'Large Scale' Cyber Attack By Foreign Government

Scott Morrison said it's targeting Australian organisations, all levels of government, industry, and other critical infrastructure.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country has been hit by a large-scale cyber attack from a foreign government.

During a press conference, the PM declined to name the country believed to be behind the attack.

"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," he said.


"We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting and the tradecraft used."

Thankfully, at the moment, it seems like no one's personal information has been compromised but Mr Morrison says the attack has been 'malicious'.

He has issued a warning to every sector affected to take the time to upgrade any and all security systems.

"This is why we are raising this matter today, to raise awareness of this important issue," he said.

"To encourage organisations, particularly those in the health, critical infrastructure and essential services to take expert advice and implement technical defences to thwart this malicious cyber activity."

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Topics: News, Australia