Incident: Home Affairs, Administrative Appeals Tribunal websites hit by cyber attacks | SBS News
Australian Denial of Service Attack, 06 October 2023
Home Affairs, Administrative Appeals Tribunal websites hit by cyber attacks
DDoS attack, impacted site access for about five hours.
The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed it was the victim of a cyber attack, preventing people from temporarily accessing online visa and citizenship applications.
The attack came after a pro-Russia hacker group said in a Telegram post on Thursday night that it would target the department’s website over Australia’s support for Ukraine.
“The Department of Home Affairs is aware of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the department’s website overnight that briefly prevented access to both the website and online portals,” a spokesperson told SBS News in a statement on Friday.
“No departmental holdings, including personal or sensitive information, were accessed by the threat actor.
“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is underway, but initial assessments indicate that the DDoS attack was solely designed to prevent access to our websites.”