The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is believed to be behind the massive cyberattacks that are presently occurring in Australia, according to federal government agencies.
The attacks have been aimed at all levels of the Australian government, critical infrastructure, and the private sector.
Asked if it was the CCP, the Prime Minister Mr. Morrison said, “The Australian government is not making any public attribution about these matters.
“We are very confident that this is the actions of a state-based actor.”
Although Morrison said the government would not take the formal step of publicly naming which state, senior sources confirmed the CCP is believed to be behind the malicious attacks, according to ABC News. “This activity is targeting Australian organizations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers, and operators of other critical infrastructure,” Morrison said, reported 9News.
“We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting and the tradecraft used.”
Morrison, described the attacks as “malicious,” said it was not apparent as yet that any “large scale” breaches had occurred regarding personal information. “This is why we are raising this matter today,” he said.
“To raise awareness of this important issue, to encourage organizations, particularly those in health, critical infrastructure, and essential services, to take expert advice and implement technical defenses to thwart this malicious cyber activity,” he said.
9News political editor Chris Uhlmann tweeted that the CCP was behind the attack.
The state-based actor is China. Increased tempo of attacks in recent months against Federal, State and local government as well as strikes against industries like medical research and development. It is a pattern being seen around the world. #auspol @9NewsAUS
— Chris Uhlmann (@CUhlmann) June 19, 2020
Sitaraman Shanker, the editor @DeccanHerald, tweeted:
China being seen as the state actor behind cyber attack on Australia? Taken with Ladakh land grab and regional bullying, clear that opening up several fronts is no problem for Xi, and Deng’s doctrine of maintaining a low profile is truly buried @DeccanHerald
— Sitaraman Shankar (@shankarsview) June 19, 2020