Australia is one of the most hacked countries in the world, according to a list compiled by security companies Specops Software.
Coming to the same sixth in the world as a target of “significant” cyber attacks, Australia has reported 16 major incidents since 2010.
The US tops the list with 156 incidents – three times more than the UK which recorded the second most significant cyber attack on 47.
Created using data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – which regularly updates the timeline major cyber incident – the list once again highlights the prevalence of Australia as a target for cyber warfare at a time of increasing awareness about cyber risks.
The list of “significant” CSIS incidents focuses on the times when evil actors have targeted government agencies, defense companies or high-tech companies, and incidents with economic costs above US $ 1 million.
Starting in 2010 with a hack attempt at Rio Tinto, a registered Australian incident shows a decade-long pattern of cyber espionage targeting mining companies, Defense contractors, and government agencies.
In the following decade, hackers stole a blueprint for the new Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) headquarter, trying to hack a plan for Australia’s new submarine fleet, successfully attacked Meteorology Bureau, breaking Australian National University twice, and entered into Australian parliamentary network.
Australia is one of the most targeted countries in the world. Source: Specops Software
Of the sixteen occasions when Australian institutions or organizations have been targeted in the past ten years, around half of them have included references to alleged Chinese actors.
After news of a series of recent cyber attacks targeting Australia, the A B C reports that China is believed to be behind it.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, denied Chinese involvement in a cyber incident.
“China is a persistent cyber security guard and also one of the biggest victims of hacking,” Lijian said.
“We oppose and act in accordance with the law of all forms of espionage and cyber attacks. This position is consistent and clear. “
China has reported roughly the same number of significant cyber incidents as Australia since 2006, according to the Specops list.
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