fredag 30. juli 2021

China ‘propped the doors open’ for criminals in Microsoft hack, Australian spy agency boss says

Australia’s top cyber spy says China’s actions in the hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software were akin to propping open the doors of thousands of homes and leaving them ajar for criminals to get inside. Rachel Noble, the director general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), drew the analogy as she said the Chinese government’s actions had “crossed a line”, prompting the Australian government to join with the United States and other countries to publicly point the finger at Beijing last week.

Such “reckless actions should not be tolerated”, added the home affairs secretary, Michael Pezzullo. The pair appeared at a parliamentary inquiry on Thursday as the Morrison government seeks support for proposed legislation to place extra requirements on the critical infrastructure operators to toughen up their cyber defences.