back to article Australian prime minister blames 'state level' baddies for Oz parliament breach

Australia's prime minister has blamed a "sophisticated state actor" for a hack on the country's parliament and some of its prominent political parties. Security Australia shutterstock Big trouble Down Under as Australian MPs told to reset their passwords amid hack attack fears READ MORE PM Scott Morrison told the continent- …

  1. iron Silver badge

    "Only four nations are thought to be capable of such a high-level attack: China, Russia, Israel and the United States."

    ROFL. Trust me Aussie PM, almost every bedsit in the world possesses this capability.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      But who would benefit from the overthrow of Australian democracy (other than the Australian people) ?

      The Kiwi's that's who .....

      The chinese are just pawns of Aukland

      1. Adam 1 Silver badge

        Come on guys. It's unhealthy to hold a grudge forever. It was one delivery 38 years ago.

    2. David Shaw

      Trust me Aussie PM, almost every bedsit in the world possesses this capability

      Yes, and here's a youth who has blogged about pwning a nation, very similar to Australia, actually extremely similar to Australia , just without the extra "a" and an "l" - this game playing geek helpfully provides the terminal commands for scanning your own country, probably not advised at present.

    3. Anonymous Coward

      Trust me Aussie PM, almost every bedsit in the world possesses this capability.

      They're investigating Lauri Love's computer. He obviously did it, on kit the police have held since seizing it when they first arrested him.

  2. Locky Silver badge


    Throw another DDOS on the barbie mate

  3. Flywheel Silver badge

    Not via a back door, surely?

    Surely those State Level Bad Actors didn't take advantage of a back door in a system somewhere? That would be ironic.

    1. VikiAi Silver badge

      As sung by "Bruce Clearwater Revival" (ft: Bruce, Bruce and Bruce)

      Just got home from Canberra, secure the front door, oh joy!

      Got to sit down, take a rest on the veranda.

      Legislation kicks in, pretty soon I'm singin',



      Private user data, flowin' ... out my back door.


      There's a hacker doing cartwheels, a cracker gettin' good feels.

      Look at all the data miners on the under-net.

      A dinosaur politician, run' by superstition.




      KGB and 5-eyes spooks are on the NBN.

      Won't you take a ride on the flyin' goon?

      Doo, doo doo.

      Spurious apparition provided by politician.




      Liberal and Labor play together in the band.

      Won't you take a ride on the flyin' loon?

      Doo, doo doo.

      Don't bother me with maths, kick-backs 'll buy my 'facts'.




      Forward troubles to our kids, they can deal with what we did!

      Look at all the data miners dancing on the lawn.

      Bother me tomorrow, poli-pensions buy no sorrows.



      1. VikiAi Silver badge

        ^^ Not my best work, I'll admit

        But it was 90 minutes past bed time, keeping myself upright in my computer chair because lying down made me vomitous (I did get whatever was disagreeing with me cleared not long after and got to bed, though! and I already have this-morning off work so could sleep in to make up.)

        1. Gene Cash Silver badge

          Re: ^^ Not my best work, I'll admit

          I couldn't be that creative on my BEST day

  4. revenant Bronze badge

    "..mild insult to British state-level hacking capabilities.."

    Nah. Now, if they'd mentioned France in the list, that would have been an insult.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    sophisticated state actor

    Well that rules out Ronald Reagan as he's both dead and was never sophisticated, perhaps it was Dame Pantomime.

    1. Korev Silver badge

      What about Arnie? He's a cyborg and used to run a state

    2. P. Lee Silver badge

      >state actor


      What's with blaming everyone else for your own failure to defend your IT?

      It seems likely that the main state level bad actors were those who over-rode the security chap's recommendation.

      Has anyone else noticed the rejection of "other people's stuff" as unsafe to use doesn't filter down into corporate cloud strategy?

  6. JMiles

    But but but....

    Aussies have LAWS to protect them from this type of thing don't they? I thought they said not even the laws of maths could trump the laws of Australia?

  7. FozzyBear Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    Personally I hoping

    That the truth comes out. The state level baddies turns out to be a 15 yr old kid in the outer suburbs of Brisbane. Armed with a Dummies guide to hacking and a couple of scripts he managed to download.

    Even better he socially engineered the account and passwords from the minister of communications

    1. Adam 1 Silver badge

      Re: Personally I hoping

      But B33tr00ter passed the complexity rules.

  8. Nolveys Silver badge

    Our cyber experts...

    Three words in and I already need a vomit bag.

  9. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

    That's total rubbish.

    Someone wants to know what Australia's real reason for banning Huawei. That's all.

    Where's me coat?

    1. Nick Kew Silver badge

      It's precisely because they won't use Huawei that they had the backdoored infrastructure.

  10. Paul 129


    I thought the pollies were supposed to have quite a secure system. Specialised devices and all that tat. So it would be interesting to know which gullible mug piggybacked the payload in.

  11. OffBeatMammal

    "State Level Actors" ... ie the clowns currently running the show ... and they're all pretty bad at mouthing the lines their puppet masters feed them :(

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019