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    Australian leader says unnamed state behind cyberattacks

    CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is under increasing cyberattack from a “sophisticated state-based cyber actor,” the Australian prime minister said Friday.


    Prime Minister Scott Morrison would not name the state, and he said he made the growing threat public to raise awareness.


    “Australian organizations are currently being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor,” Morrison told reporters.


    “This activity is targeting Australian organizations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure,” he added.


    Although the threat was constant, the frequency of attacks had increased “over many months.”


    “This is the actions of a state-based actor with significant capabilities. There aren’t too many state-based actors who have those capabilities,” Morrison said.


    Morrison said he particularly wanted organizations involved in health, critical infrastructure and essential services to bolster technical defenses to thwart such malicious attacks.


    Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said the government's cyber agency, Australian Cyber Security Center, and the Home Affairs Department had published on Friday a technical advisory on how organizations can detect and mitigate cyber threats.


    Morrison would not comment on the inevitable speculation that the cyberattacks were part of Australia's increasingly hostile rift with China.

    China in recent weeks banned beef exports from Australia's largest abattoirs, ended trade in Australian barley with a tariff wall and warned its citizens against visiting Australia.


    The measures are widely interpreted as punishment for Australia's advocacy of an independent probe into the origins and spread of the coronavirus pandemic.


    Australia's foreign minister this week accused China of using the anxiety around the pandemic to undermine Western democracies by spreading disinformation online, prompting China to accuse Australia of disinformation.


    Morrison said “Australia doesn't engage lightly in public attribution” and would not name the country behind the current cyber campaign.


    “I can't control what speculation others might engage in on this issue,” he said.


    Morrison said he had discussed the growing cyber security threat with Australia's allies and had spoken overnight to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the subject.


    Australian investigations to date had not uncovered any “large-scale personal data breaches,” Morrison said.


    Australian cyber security authorities had “thwarted many” attacks," he said.

    Australian leader says unnamed state behind cyberattacks

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    "Unnamed state"... They spelled China incorrectly.

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    The threat intel they are sharing with us isn't quite so vague.


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    It is a story to encourage people to update their sh1t

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    It is a story to encourage people to update their sh1t
    And the rest.

    ACSC recommended prioritised mitigations

    During the course of its investigations the ACSC has identified two key mitigations which, if implemented, would have greatly reduced the risk of compromise by the TTPs identified in this advisory.

    Prompt patching of internet-facing software, operating systems and devices

    All exploits utilised by the actor in the course of this campaign were publicly known and had patches or mitigations available. Organisations should ensure that security patches or mitigations are applied to internet-facing infrastructure within 48 hours. Additionally organisations, where possible, should use the latest versions of software and operating systems.

    Use of multi-factor authentication across all remote access services


    Multi-factor authentication should be applied to all internet-accessible remote access services, including:


    • web and cloud-based email
    • collaboration platforms
    • virtual private network connections
    • remote desktop services.
    Link

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    All the multi factor authentication I have encountered in Australia is using SMS which is woeful security

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    Allow me to give a preview of OhOh and Klondyke's responses:

    "NO PROOF IT WAS CHINA"

    "USA - NSA LISTENS TO WON PEOPLE"

    'MERKEL'S PHONE BUGGED BY OBAMA"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    "Unnamed state"... They spelled China incorrectly.

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    Why doesn't Oz just feed the Chinkies viruses and disinformation down the pipeline ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer
    Why doesn't Oz just feed the Chinkies viruses and disinformation down the pipeline ?
    Because the IntraGoogles don't work like the plot to some bad 90's hacker movie. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    All the multi factor authentication I have encountered in Australia is using SMS which is woeful security
    Use an authenticator app, it's a piece of piss.

    Fucking around typing in codes and shit, who does that?


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    you still type in a code when you use an authenticator app

    I have been using Authy for a couple of years now with a few sites , but the only australian site I use it with is swyftx for crypto

    all banks and govt websites I have come across use SMS authentication - I would switch to authy if it was possible

    tis the dark ages when it comes to technology

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    you still type in a code when you use an authenticator app
    I don't, I get an Approve or Deny button.

    Mind you that is M$

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    "NO PROOF IT WAS CHINA"
    Innuendo is quite sufficient. Some already have their military based in OZ and the dirt available to deliver as required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Innuendo is quite sufficient. Some already have their military based in OZ and the dirt available to deliver as required.
    Oh dear, chinky sycophant is triggered again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Some already have their military based in OZ
    By invitation and mutual agreement . . . which would be a novel concept you you and your birthplace - qud with India at the moment, the Spratleys etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Oh dear, chinky sycophant is triggered again
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    By invitation and mutual agreement
    Comforting to know that you have intimate knowledge of two foreign governments behaviour. How long does the intelligence clearance last for NZ diplomatic family members?

    If you say so. Not having access to all the facts behind the decision, one can only "speculate" or otherwise imply tangentially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Not having access to all the facts behind the decision, one can only "speculate" or otherwise imply tangentially.
    That's the norm for you.

    Pop Quiz:

    Which of these three suspects is most likely to launch a cyberattack in response to Huawei being banned from Australian networks?

    1. Chinastan
    2. Chinastan
    3. Chinastan

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Comforting to know that you have intimate knowledge of two foreign governments behaviour.
    Thank you. I'm glad that you feel comforted

    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    How long does the intelligence clearance last for NZ diplomatic family members?
    I could tell you . . . but then I'd have to . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    If you say so.
    I do, well done

    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Not having access to all the facts behind the decision, one can only "speculate" or otherwise imply tangentially.
    How do you say that in Mandarin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    How do you say that in Mandarin?
    Written as:

    無法訪問決策背後的所有事實,只能“推測”或以切線方式暗示
    Last edited by OhOh; 23-06-2020 at 12:01 AM.

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    Interestingly you used the Chinese to translate it into English and now - presto - the reverse.

    So, Shanghai? Xian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    How do you say that in Mandarin?
    I have replied accurately to you question:

    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Written as:

    無法訪問決策背後的所有事實,只能“推測”或以切線方式暗示
    .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .......................

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    .... you used the Chinese to translate ....
    Clarify your statement.

    A Chines article, a Chinese translation service, an official Chinese "handler"?, or my Miss Shanghai

    Australian leader says unnamed state behind cyberattacks-ms-shanghai2-jpg
    ....

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    it
    I assume by your "it", you are referring to this statement from my post:

    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Not having access to all the facts behind the decision, one can only "speculate" or otherwise imply tangentially.
    Your statement is erroneous.

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    and now - presto - the reverse.
    I used an online app, which we have previously discussed, to translate my reply from English to "Traditional Chinese". :

    "Mate Translate – translator, dictionary

    Your all-in-one translator for web pages, highlighted text & Netflix subtitles. Translate and learn words in 103 languages. Gikken UG, Location:Berlin, Germany"

    Your statement is erroneous.

    Conclusion, your two allegations are erroneous.

    Last edited by OhOh; 23-06-2020 at 12:40 PM.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Oh look, more waffle.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I assume
    Yea . . . nah . . . seldom a good idea, Beijing-Boy

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