The Australian government suspects Chinese agents are hiding behind a spate of cyberattacks over the past few months, government sources told Reuters on Friday.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that a “sophisticated person” has been trying for months to penetrate all levels of the country’s government, political parties, essential service providers and operators of critical infrastructure systems.
“We know this is a sophisticated state-supported cybercracker because of the nature of the attacks,” Morrison told reporters.
He did not want to say who Australia was responsible for the attacks.
However, three sources informed about the case told Reuters that China is believed to be responsible.
“There is a great deal of certainty that China is behind the attacks,” said a source.
China’s embassy in Canberra did not immediately respond to requests for comment.