Incident: WA parliament breached by undetected virus | iTnews

Incident: WA parliament breached by undetected virus | iTnews

Australian Information Security Incident Reported: February 19 2016

A cybersecurity breach that led to a shut down of communications in the West Australian parliament on Tuesday night has been blamed on an undiscovered virus.

According to a report first published by the ABC, the state parliament’s website, as well as phone and internet communications, were shut down following a security breach.

WA’s deputy executive manager of parliamentary dervices, Rob Hunter, told iTnews the parliament’s IT network was disabled after the virus was identified to allow for a proper diagnosis to occur.

“On Tuesday 16 February 2016 at approximately 9pm our IT system firewall was penetrated by a virus and it affected a small number of PCs that connect to our network,” Hunter said.

Source: itNews http://www.itnews.com.au/news/wa-parliament-breached-by-previously-undetected-virus-415339

Cyber security breach on WA Parliament knocks out communications | ABC News (Australia)

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