Australian leader cyber security The agency is investigating a breach of the country’s federal parliamentary computing network amid speculation that dry by a foreign nation.
Lawmakers and staff in the capital Canberra were forced to change their passwords in the system after the breach overnight.
A joint statement by Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith and Speaker of the Senate, Scott Ryan, says there is no evidence that the data was accessed in the breach, but investigations continue.
“We have no evidence that this is an attempt to influence the outcome of parliamentary processes or to disrupt or influence electoral or political processes,” the statement said.
Although Australian officials have not blamed any country, it was reported in 2011 that China was suspected of having access to the email system used by lawmakers and parliamentary staff.
Cybersecurity expert Fergus Hanson of Australia’s Institute for Strategic Policy said there is likely a “nation-state” behind the incident.
“There would be a lot of juicy correspondence between employees about who is doing what and dirty files on different politicians,” Hanson said. “There could be some interesting information on the parliamentary benefits given to politicians that the public may not like.” There may be complete email caches that could harm one party or another. “
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had been briefed on the matter, but could not comment on the source of the attack.
“I must emphasize that there is no suggestion that government departments or agencies have been the target of such an incursion,” Morrison told reporters.
Cybercrime follows revelations that MPs in Britain were targeted for an attempt to hack into their email and phone contact lists this week.
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