China probed in parliament hack attack

Australia’s top cyber security agency is investigating an alarming breach of the federal parliamentary computing network, which has forced the resetting of passwords.

There is no evidence that any data has been accessed, but the investigation remains ongoing, Speaker Tony Smith and Senate President Scott Ryan said in a joint statement this morning.

“We have no evidence that this is an attempt to influence the outcome of parliamentary processes or to disrupt or influence electoral or political processes,” the statement read.

It is understood the Australian Signals Directorate is assisting the investigation, alongside the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Security industry sources said it was possible China could be behind the latest attack.

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In March 2011, it was reported that China was suspected of accessing the email system used by federal MPs, their advisers and electorate staff, and parliamentary employees.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the breach

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