Australian Information Security Incident Reported: February 4 2016

The NSW Government Department of Resources and Energy has revealed that it was the target of a cyber attack in December 2015, during the time several major projects were being considered. This includes the $1.2 billion Shenhua Watermark coal mine, indirectly controlled by the Chinese government — which experts say is a possible source of the attack.

The attack was in the form of an increase in “virus/security activity attempting to impact systems at the Division of Resources and Energy (DRE) office in Maitland”, according the the department, and steps were taken to increase security after the activity was detected.

Source: Gizmodo Australia http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/02/hackers-attack-the-australian-department-of-resources-and-energy/

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