SYDNEY A significant cyber-attack against Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology that may possibly have compromised potentially sensitive national safety info is getting blamed on China, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology owns a single of Australia’s largest supercomputers and the attack, which the ABC said occurred in current days, might have allowed those responsible access to the Division of Defense via a linked network.
The ABC, citing numerous unidentified sources with understanding of the “huge” breach, placed the blame on China, which has in the previous been accused of hacking sensitive Australian government pc systems.
“It is China,” the ABC quoted 1 source as saying.
The Bureau of Meteorology stated in a statement on its website that it did not comment on safety matters, but that it was functioning closely with safety agencies and that its pc systems had been totally operational.
The Australian Federal Police declined to comment on the matter. The Division of Defense mentioned in a statement that it was barred by policy from commenting on specific cyber security incidents.
The Chinese embassy in Canberra could not be reached for comment.
China has lengthy been accused of making use of its considerable computing resources to infiltrate on the internet organizations for competitive advantage, as nicely as conducting acts of cyber espionage.
In June, U.S. officials blamed Chinese hackers for compromising the records of up to 4 million current and former government workers.
China referred to as the U.S. comments irresponsible, while President Barack Obama vowed that the United States would aggressively bolster its cyber defenses.
China is Australia’s top trading partner, with two-way trade of about A$ 150 billion ($ 110 billion) in 2013, and they signed a landmark free of charge trade agreement in 2014 that is likely to additional boost commercial ties.
Australia demands China’s aid to transition from a reliance on exports of minerals such as coal and iron ore to expanding its food and agricultural exports to a developing Asian middle class, moving from a “mining boom” to a “dining boom”.
But Chinese firms have been locked out of sensitive deals in the previous more than safety concerns, most prominently a decision in 2013 to bar Huawei from bidding on Australia’s National Broadband Network, a deal worth tens of billions of dollars.
($ 1 = 1.3674 Australian dollars)
(Reporting by Matt Siegel Editing by Robert Birsel)
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