According to 5 people, who had insider’s information, China was responsible for a cyber attack on the parliament in Australia, along with attacks on 3 major political parties of Australia before elections. Australian Signals Directorate which is the cyber intelligence department of Australia did a thorough investigation on the matter and concluded that Ministry of State Security of China was behind those attacks. The 5 people that were the source of this information have requested to stay anonymous.
The report also included some intelligence from the department of foreign affairs. It recommended that the information should be kept as a secret so that trade relations with China can remain peaceful. There has been no official confirmation from the Australian government on this topic and they haven’t even disclosed the report publicly as of now.
Upon being questioned, PM Scott Morrison’s office declined to give any comment on the report. ADC has also maintained silence over the issue. It isn’t even clear if Australia raised these attacks in collaboration with China or not.
Foreign ministry of China has also denied their nations involvement in this matter and has said that there are many theories on the internet and it’s hard to trace them.
Australian authorities announced the news of these attacks back in February and told the media that hackers have breached the parliament’s network. At that time Australian PM said that the attack was quite sophisticated and there is a possibility that it was conducted under the supervision of a foreign government. When the attacks happened, staffs and lawmakers in Australia were told to change their passwords as soon as possible.
According to 2 sources, the hackers had access to party policies, taxation and other policies as well. They had insight into the mails of all the major lawmakers of the nation and their staffs. The cyber attacks happened 3 months prior to election is Australia and it was the second nation to be hit after America as they also had similar attacks before 2016 elections.