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Labor, Liberals targeted in major parliament hack, PM confirms

Federal parliament has been hacked, and the Labor, Liberal and Nationals party have all been targeted. Images: Getty
Federal parliament has been hacked, and the Labor, Liberal and Nationals party have all been targeted. Images: Getty

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the country’s major political parties were hacked earlier this month, but that there was no sign of electoral interference.

Morrison told parliament today that the “malicious activity” on 8 February was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”.

“Let me be clear, there is no evidence of any electoral interference,” he added.

“We have put in place a number of measures to ensure the integrity of our electoral system.”

The government’s cyber experts also found that some political parties’ networks, including the Liberal, Labor and Nationals’, were affected.

However, ministers and their offices were not affected in the hack as they use different servers.

Security sources last week indicated that China was the source of the attack.

“We have acted decisively to protect our national interests,” Morrison said.

“The methods used by malicious actors are constantly evolving and this incident just reinforces yet again the importance of cybersecurity as a fundamental part of everyone’s business.”

Labor leader Bill Shorten described the hack as of “grave concern”, and told parliament that it cannot be complacent.

“As this most recent activity reported by the prime minister indicates, we are not exempt or immune.”

– With AAP.

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