Australia has been facing Cyber attacks across a range of sectors. ‘The Frequency of attacks has increased over many months’, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
‘Political organizations, essential service providers, and other critical infrastructure operators’, these are the government levels that are being targeted stated by the PM.
He also added that the scale and nature of the targeted areas show that it is a sophisticated attack. The PM says that an unnamed foreign government is behind this attack.
“There are not a big number of state-based players that can pursue in this type of activity”, warned Mr. Morrison. He also emphasized there are no grounds of a “large-scale” break affecting people’s individualized data.
To raise awareness the Prime Minister made this threat public. And reported about the increase in the number of attacks lately.
The “Planned” Cyber Attack
Web or email servers used in business and organizations in Australia are being updated with the latest software. The use of multi-factor authentication is also being put into action.
During the epidemic, ‘malicious Cyber adversaries” were taking benefit of key staff at critical infrastructure while operating from home as per official reports.
Abigail Bradshaw, agency head, said, “It is vicious that Cyber-criminals would desire to interrupt or conduct ransomware operation against our necessary services during a major health situation”.
‘Malevolent Cyber actors’, has also been reported by the authorities, that they were trying to “damage or impair” infirmary and emergency response administration outside Australia.
Mr. Morrison confirms that he and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have met and discussed this issue. Australian officials had concluded China was responsible for these attacks, but Beijing denied it was responsible.
Australia-China Rift Post Pandemic?
For an international inquiry for the spread of COVID-19, China is being pushed by Australia. China has reacted by banning beef exports from Australia’s largest slaughterhouse. And informing its citizens against visiting the country.
Australia’s international minister accused China of using the anxiousness around the epidemic. This was done to sabotage Western commonwealth by spreading disinformation on the internet. This was reported earlier this week.
The ABC reports, for fabricating the claim, a representative for the Chinese foreign ministry blamed the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think tank. This is being considered a wake-up call for Australians to keep their systems secure.
Australia’s Prime Minister reported that no major data has been breached yet. The business should improve their defenses. Australia is not unique, these activities have also been seen globally.
The data breaches have been reported by government contractors, accounting firms, and defense manufacturers. No further details have been stated by the Prime Minister.
Australian National University (ANU) was hacked last year and staff and student details were accessed by the breakers. Mr. Morrison said he would not make “any public classification” when asked to identify a country.
A journalist asked Mr. Morrison about whether Beijing is responsible for these attacks, he said, ‘couldn’t control speculation’. Relations between Canberra and Beijing have cratered in recent months.
Yet China has consistently denied claims about its Cyber-attack activities.