A cyber attack that targeted at least 10 parliamentary computers in Australia, including one of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, has suspected ties to Chinese hackers, according to Herald Sun.
Government sources confirmed they had been told Chinese intelligence agencies were among a list of suspected foreign hackers. A probe is believed to have been initiated by Australia’s spy agency after intelligence agencies were tipped off to the cyber spy raid by U.S. intelligence officials within the CIA and FBI.
Dr. Benjamin MacQueen, of Monash University's Political and Social Inquiry department, told Herald Sun the attackers did not get into the secure network, which contain the more sensitive discussions, and that it is important for the government to identify exactly who had accessed the information before the threat to national security could be considered.
“There's definitely implications,” he said. “The fact that they didn't make it into the secure network is telling, though. There hasn't been any indication of what information they've got other than it might be a little bit embarrassing to the government.”
Among the parliamentary computers believed to have been compromised were Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd’s and Defense Minister Stephen Smith’s. It is also believed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s parliamentary computer was compromised.