Early this morning, the Australian Prime Minister lost a cyber attack that targeted Australian government institutions in all sectors of industry, political bodies, education, health and basic services.
The Australian Prime Minister said, early Friday, that an electronic attack targeted government institutions in all sectors of industry, political bodies, education, health and basic services.
Scott Morrison said that the size and nature of the cyber attack indicated that behind it was a supporter of "a country", according to "Reuters", but he did not specify the identity of that supposed country.
The Prime Minister added, in a press statement in Canberra, that the attacks targeted the government at all levels, political organizations, basic services companies, and entities working in infrastructure.
"We know that it is a sophisticated attack carried out by a state-backed party, given the scope and nature of the targeting," he said.
The Australian Prime Minister revealed that the frequency of electronic attacks has been accelerating for months, while the attack's losses and effects have not been announced.
He said he had informed the opposition leader and country officials of the cyber attacks, which he described as "malicious." He did not give details of the attacks that took place, but said that personal data had not been compromised and that many of the attacks had failed.
"It is not a new risk, but a specific one," he said, calling on Australian companies and institutions to protect themselves.
"We encourage organizations, especially in the area of health, critical infrastructure and basic services, to seek expert advice," he said.