tirsdag 20. juli 2021

Illicit gain: Australia accuses China of criminal cyber attacks

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says Australia will continue calling out countries behind malicious cyber attacks after taking the rare step of joining with key allies to formally accuse China of co-ordinated hackings and engaging contract hackers to steal intellectual property.

The Chinese embassy in Australia on Tuesday rejected the allegations, saying Australia had its own poor record on cyber attacks and was like a thief crying “stop the thief”. The attacks on Microsoft Exchange software, which began in January, allowed hackers to gain access to the email systems of thousands of users, including in Australia. Australia and other countries - including the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union - accused China’s Ministry of State Security of carrying out cyber attacks as well as paying criminal groups to conduct ransomware attacks to extort millions of dollars from companies.