The Australian Prime Minister has said three major political parties had been subjected to a ‘foreign cyber attack’ which was discovered during a check of the parliament computer system.
Scott Morrison said the incident happened earlier this month: “Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity.”
It’s reported that investigators believed an unnamed foreign government was behind the attacks. Morrison added there was ‘no evidence of any electoral interference’.
Hacks and cyber attacks are becoming an increasing common phenomenon. In January, sensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians and public figures was published online in what was thought to be one of the largest leaks in the country’s history.
The huge cache of documents included private phone numbers and addresses, credit card details and private chats.