(MELBOURNE, Australia.) JUST IN: #CyberAttack Report: On Australian government and industry bodies are most likely being directed by China’s premier intelligence agency in retaliation for banning telco Huawei from the 5G network, experts have told the ABC News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.19: In August 2018, the Australian Government banned Huawei and other companies from involvement in Australia’s 5G network………..The ABC spoke to two former Australian officials who confirmed that the Huawei ban sparked the malicious cyber campaign. ……..Both spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitive nature of the story:

#CyberAttack on Australian Government & Industry Bodies most likely being direct by Chinese hackers in retaliation for banning Huawei from 5G network:

One of the former officials said evidence suggested the attackers may be linked to China’s most powerful intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security (MSS) However, cyber security researcher Robert Potter — who has spent years investigating MSS intrusions around the world and has previously attributed breaches to them — said the low level of sophistication of the attacks made attribution difficult……………”Based on the evidence, I’d say it strongly leans towards MSS,” he said……………..”The reality is that the tactics are so simple that it frustrates our ability to make complete attribution.”…………He agreed with the assessment that the campaign has been going on for a long time.

“The campaign dates back some time and correlates to a deterioration in our relationship with China,” he said:

China’s government on Friday evening rejected suggestions of a large-scale hacking attack: A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says he believes the claims of hacking originate from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which he says is funded by US arms companies and is making fictitious claims about China.

Attacks may have targeted COVID-19 data

The Prime Minister held a press conference this morning to discuss the campaign of intrusions.……………..”This activity is targeting Australian 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,” he said.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: June.19: 2020:

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