The Australian Federal Parliament’s computer network has been hacked, and China might be behind it

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The Australian Federal Parliament’s computer network has been hacked.

The ABC reports, Australian security agencies are looking into whether China is behind the incident.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s presiding officers, Speaker of the House of Representatives MP Tony Smith and President of the Senate MP Scott Ryan, said “a number of measures have been implemented to protect the network and its users,” including resetting the passwords of all users with network access.

“The Department of Parliamentary Services and relevant agencies are working jointly to take the necessary steps to investigate the incident, while our immediate focus has been on securing the network and protecting data and users,” the pair said in a joint statement.

“There is no evidence that any data has been accessed or taken at this time, however this will remain subject to ongoing investigation.

“Similarly, we have no evidence that this is an attempt to influence the outcome of parliamentary processes or to disrupt or influence electoral or political processes.”

The Australian Signals Directorate has also confirmed it’s working with the Department of Parliamentary Services to ensure the network and its users are protected.

“The Department of Parliamentary Services responded immediately to the detection,” a spokesperson said.

“ASD and its Australian Cyber Security Centre will continue to work with DPS to understand the full extent of this network compromise. Meanwhile, the necessary steps are being taken to mitigate the compromise and prevent any harm.

“At this early stage our immediate focus is on securing the network and protecting its users. Proper and accurate attribution of a cyber incident takes time.”

China was responsible for previous hacks on Australian government systems, including a similar breach of the Federal Parliament’s computer network in 2011.