Australia is the target of an extensive cyber attack from a ” state actor “, which refers to the computer systems of the government, administrations and companies, said Friday its first minister.
Scott Morrison has organized an emergency press conference in Canberra to prevent his fellow citizens from the “specific risks” to which they were exposed.
“Organizations in australia are currently covered by a state actor sophisticated “, he said.
According to him, ” will this activity target organizations in australia across a range of sectors, at all levels of the government, the economy, political organizations, health services and other operators of critical infrastructures.”
According to the australian media, the list of suspects is very small, among the States that have an know-how in this area (outside of western countries, China, North Korea, Iran, Israel, or Russia). They looked to the side of China, which was imposed in may of customs duties punitive damages against some of the australian exports.
The government of Mr. Morrison had provoked the wrath of Beijing by calling for an independent international investigation on the origins of the pandemic coronavirus, and in denouncing a chinese diplomatic and aggressive and dishonest.
China has responded by advising its nationals to Australia as a destination for tourism and study, threatening further reprisals, and condemning an Australian to death for drug trafficking.
Mr Morrison said on Friday that it informed the opposition of these computer attacks ” malicious “, and urged the institutions and companies to ” protect themselves “.
It gave no technical details, but indicated that the personal data of Australians had not been stolen and that many attacks had failed.
“We encourage organizations, particularly those of health, strategic infrastructure and services essential to seek the advice of experts and put in place defense systems techniques,” he said.