China has been blamed for yet another cyber attack, the alleged target this time? Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.
The hack allegedly compromised computer systems across the federal government and agencies affiliated with the weather bureau. The motivation could be “commercial, strategic or both,” speculated the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and will cost millions of dollars to repair. The Bureau itself has refused to comment on the alleged attack.
Back in 2013, Australia accused Chinese hackers of compromising the top-secret blueprints for its intelligence agency’s new headquarters. They’ve also been accused of hacking Australian media organizations and power grids.
In a televised speech made in Seattle just after he arrived in the U.S. for his official visit in September, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied that China engages in hacking whatsoever, despite repeated accusations to the contrary, mostly coming from American officials.
This latest incident comes at a somewhat awkward time as U.S. and Chinese officials had just convened in Washington earlier this week for the first round of yet more cyber security talks following the signing of an underwhelming anti-hacking accord prior to Xi’s trip in September.
By Mary DeMay