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.