The Australian military networks are under continuous attack by foreign spy agencies, according to the country’s top electronic intelligence unit, the Defence Signals Directorate.
TechEYE.net reports that foreign spies are making 700 probes every month into Australia’s military networks, a number that last year was 200. It is not clear what the spies are looking for, as the Australian military is mostly engaged in peace-keeping missions–information that is readily available in the news media.
“Other than that, data is simply whose turn it is to get the tinnies in, or operate the metaphorical sheep dip and who holds the regimental chundering record,” Techeye writes. “Not something a Chinese spy can do much with.”
However, Australia is also a big U.S. ally in the South Pacific and could therefore be of interest to adversaries who want to get a “sniff of what Uncle Sam’s doings are in the region,” TechEyes writes.
According to DSD, 5,551 incidents were reported between January and August, which is a 250 percent increase. While the breaches did not disrupt operations, it is possible data have been stolen.