Fingers Point to China in Australian Prime Minister Hack

The latest in a string of high-profile hacks, the office of the Australian Prime Minister has reported that several thousand emails have been breached since February.

None of the emails accessed contained any sensitive information, but personal correspondances among members of Australia’s Parliament House have been hacked by an unknown source.  Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defense Minister Stephen Smith were all specified as victims of the intrusion.

Speculations have been made about responsible parties, with fingers pointing primarily at China based on their past indiscretions. Though it is always difficult, if not impossible, to pinpoint a culprit in a remote hack.

“A recent cyber attack occurred in France when 10,000 government computers were hacked into and documents relating to the G20 were accessed by sources believed to have originated in China,” reports The Daily Telegraph.

With Australia, France and the US governments all proving fallable on the cyber security front, there are countless questions to the information that’s been breached that hasn’t been discovered, and the potentially hazardous hacks still on the horizon.

(Via Wired and The Daily Telegraph) / (Image by MystifyMe Concert Photography™, licensed under Creative Commons)

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