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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

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.

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

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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.

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"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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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.