Australia is hit by a ‘massive’ cyber attack: Scott Morrison prepares to address the nation after government and private businesses are targeted
- Cyber attack has been aimed at the Australian government and companies
- It is not clear who made the attempt or if it was successful
- Last year China was responsible for a cyber-attack on the national parliament
A huge cyber attack has been aimed at the Australian government and some large Aussie companies.
The Prime Minister said a ‘sophisticated state-based’ actor was behind a series of ongoing attacks.
A huge cyber attack has been aimed at the Australian government. Pictured: PM Scott Morrison
Last year Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May.
China’s Foreign Ministry denied involvement in any sort of hacking attacks and said the internet was full of theories that were hard to trace.
Earlier this week Australia launched six warships into the Indo-Pacific for training operations ahead of huge show of force in the region with the US Navy.
HMA Ships Canberra, Hobart, Stuart, Anzac, Ballarat and Arunta all left their base in Sydney Harbour on Monday.
They will conduct ‘task group training’ before taking part in a warfare training exercise with the US and other allies known as the Rim of the Pacific in August.
Australia has launched six warships into the Indo-Pacific for training operations ahead of huge show of force in the region with the US Navy. Pictured: HMA Ships Stuart (foreground), Hobart and Canberra (background) depart Fleet Base East in Sydney
Left to right: HMA Ships Stuart, Hobart and Canberra depart Fleet Base East in Sydney for Force Integrated Training
The exercise is the world’s largest international maritime warfare training mission, held every two years from Honolulu, Hawaii.
A defence spokesman said the ships are ‘currently conducting maritime task group training under strict COVID-19 preventive measures’.
It comes amid trade tensions with China after Australia angered Beijing by calling for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus which erupted in Wuhan.
In recent months China has increased training exercises in the Pacific and started trailing its first homemade aircraft carrier.
This morning Prime Minster Scott Morrison said China should not be shocked by the show of force.
‘These are our routine partnerships and exercises that we do. There’s nothing extraordinary about that,’ he told Sydney radio 2GB.
‘I don’t think it would cause anyone any surprise who are looking in from elsewhere.’
HMAS Sirius departs Fleet Base West for taskgroup force integrated training
Left to right: HMA Ships Canberra, Hobart and Stuart depart Sydney Harbour on Monday