/ 10 July 2024

China’s hack attack

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Image source: AUSTRAC

The Albanese Government has accused a Chinese-backed hacking group – known as APT40 – of cyberattacks on public sector and private computer systems, saying its “tradecraft is regularly observed against Australian networks”. The group is funded by China’s Ministry of State Security, so by extension, it’s working on behalf of the Chinese Government… The Australian Signals Directorate has been tracking the group with several other international intelligence agencies and says it’s targeted company devices that haven’t had recent security updates – which might be why our Home Affairs boss Stephanie Foster has just ordered a government-wide audit of technology to check for vulnerabilities. Time to change those passwords…

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