State-sponsored hacking attacks on sensitive targets is a new reality that Australian security forces have to deal with these days, but it sucks when one of the bad guys gets through the net. It was revealed last night that spies, reportedly from China, hacked their way into secure systems, making off with detailed blueprints to Australia’s peak spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
4 Corners reported last night that the blueprints to the ASIO headquarters on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra were lifted by hackers during the construction phase.
The plans include a layout of the security systems, communications infrastructure and the locations of the agency servers in-building. That’s an issue.
The attack reportedly came from servers in China, leading to the suspicion that the attack is state-sponsored. [ABC]