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Australia probing role of China-based hackers behind Parliament attack

IANS  |  Sydney 

Australian agencies are reportedly probing the role of China-sponsored cyber criminals behind last week's breach of Parliament's network.

According to a report in on Sunday, it took less than an hour after the the first report of the cyber attack for suspicion to fall on

The was yet to comment.

"Analysts say it will take time to forensically identify exactly where the attack originated, even though it bears the hallmarks of a state-sponsored attack," said the report.

had to reset all the passwords on its computer network after an unknown attacker tried to hack into the system last week.

said a foreign government could be behind the hack, but a Parliament statement said that "relevant agencies" were investigating it.

In 2015, was blamed for attacking

"Early reports suggest nothing was accessed or stolen from parliament's servers, but hackers could have been targeting the emails of Australia's MPs, their staffers and advisors," the report said.

The is used by all MPs and their staff, including to store databases and emails.

In December, the called on to shut down a global plot by an intelligence service-backed hacking group to steal intellectual property from companies in the US.

Speaking to ABC radio, the of Australian Cyber Centre, Alastair MacGibbon, said it was an audacious global campaign run by a group that worked on behalf of the for the



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 11:02 IST