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China 'blamed for cyber-attack' on Australian parliament

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 16, 2019
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.
Scott Morrison
Asia   Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Australia's cyber intelligence agency the Australian Signals Directorate concluded in March that China's Ministry of State Security was responsible for the attack, five people with direct knowledge of the findings of the investigation told Reuters.

Topics: China attack Australia

The five sources declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue. Reuters has not reviewed the classified report.

The report, which also included input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, recommended keeping the findings secret in order to avoid disrupting trade relations with Beijing, two of the people said.

The Australian government has not disclosed who it believes was behind the attack or any details of the report.

In response to questions from Reuters, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office declined to comment on the attack, the report's findings or whether Australia had privately raised the hack with China. The ASD also declined to comment.

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.