Scott Morrison confirmed that the Labor, Liberal and National parties had all been infiltrated by a “sophisticated state” actor. Despite the cyber attack, Mr Morrison insisted that there had been no evidence of electoral interference. He also confirmed that measures had been put in place to defend any infiltration and has briefed the cybersecurity agencies in order to “ensure the integrity of our electoral system”.
In a statement, Mr Morrison said: “Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity.
“Let me be clear, though there, is no evidence of any electoral interference.
“I have instructed the Australian Cyber Security Centre to be ready to provide any political party or electoral body in Australia with immediate support, including making their technical experts available.”
The attack was picked up following an investigation into hacking attempts on the Australian parliament two weeks ago which was revealed by Mr Morrison today.
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The Prime Minister also confirmed that there was no evidence to suggest that information had been stolen from the Parliament’s computer network.
As a precaution, passwords for all politicians had been reset.
Labor leader, Bill Shorten spoke of his fear that the overall party structure of the government could be at risk and noted that “progressive parties” are often the target of ultra-rightwing organisations.
He also voiced his “grave concern” over the attack following similar attacks on other nations.
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He added: “We cannot be complacent and, as this most recent activity reported by the Prime Minister indicates, we are not exempt or immune.
“Our national approach to cybersecurity needs to pay more attention to non-government organisations.
“Our agencies shouldn’t just be providing advice to political parties, but actively assisting in their defence.”
Despite the attack, Mr Morrison said that the cybersecurity agency had “acted decisively” and did not nominate a country behind the hack.