The Australian Paymaster General really doesn't like to be crossed. Did it ever cross the minds of successive governments in Canberra - and in the State capitals - that selling holes in the ground, containing the Crown Jewels, to China could result in a singularly vast vulnerability?It will be interesting to see if sufficient technical and political attribution can be made for the outcome announced in open source.
'Spy agencies sounded the alarm to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison last night to alert the nation to prepare for more cyber attacks that China is suspected of masterminding.
'Government sources have confirmed that the trigger for today’s announcement was a warning from spy agencies that given tthe increasing tempo of attacks that companies and state governments needed to prepare and safeguard IT systems. As a result, the Prime Minister rang state premiers last night alerting the leaders to the increased level of attacks and to expect more in the weeks ahead, not to advise them of a single attack that was imminent or underway.
'While protocol demands that Mr Morrison does not formally identify China, nobody in the government is in any doubt about the chief suspect. “I can confirm, with confidence, based on the advice, the technical advice that we have received, is that this is the action of a state-based actor with significant capabilities,” the Prime Minister said.'
Spy agencies sounded the alarm to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison last night to alert the nation to prepare for more cyber attacks that China is suspected of masterminding.www.news.com.au