Australia was undergoing a widespread cyber attack Thursday which was targeting all levels of government, political parties, businesses, and other organizations, according to the Prime Minister.
“This activity is targeting Australians organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting and the trade craft used.”
“To encourage organisations, particularly those in the health, critical infrastructure and essential services to take expert advice and implement technical defences to thwart this malicious cyber activity.”
Government officials did not comment on who may have started the cyber attack.
“What I can confirm is there are not a large number of state-based actors that can engage in this type of activity,” Morrison said.