Australian Malware Breach, December 24 2020
NSW Health, Rio Tinto, Serco named as victims of massive global SolarWinds hack attack
NSW Health appears to have been infected with potentially dangerous Russian malware since June.
Source: NSW Health, Rio Tinto, Serco named as victims of massive global SolarWinds hack attack | ABC News (Australia)
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NSW Health has been named in a growing list of victims of a major global cyber attack by Russian hackers — although it says patient information was not stolen.
Analysis of intercepted internet traffic between NSW Health systems and a server used by the hacking group suggests this had gone undetected for about half a year, they add.
Alongside NSW Health, public service contractor Serco Asia Pacific and mining giant Rio Tinto have been named in lists of companies and other organisations believed to be victims of the attack.
The company, US-based SolarWinds, said it was unknowingly infiltrated in early 2020.
Hackers inserted malicious code into an updated version of SolarWinds software, called Orion, which was delivered to customers between March and June 2020. Around 18,000 SolarWinds customers installed the tainted updates onto their systems, the company said.