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PM Morrison: Australia is traget of cyber attack by ‘state actor’

The Australian government and other organisations is targeted by a “sophisticated state-based cyber-actor”, Australian PM Morrison said on Friday.

While speaaking to media in Canberra, he did not mention the name of state.

“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,” Morrison added.

Threat was constant and attacking frequency had increased  “over many months,” Morrison said,urging all organisations to ensure their systems were protected.

“He would not be talking about that in public, although he went on to say that there were not many states that have the capability to do this.” Scott Morrison added.

 Linda Reynolds, Australian Defene Minister, said advice showed no large-scale personal data breaches from the attack.

The revelation comes after Reuters reported Canberra had determined in March last year that responsible for hacking attack on Australia’s parliament was China. Australia never publicly identified the source of that attack, China also denied that it was responsible.

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