AUSTRALIA Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been informed of the cyber attack on the Federal Government’s computers, prompting a meeting between the two countries’ leaders.
The Federal Government is aware of the attacks, which have affected its computer systems, and is “taking all appropriate steps to protect its systems” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
“I think the cyber attacks are a major issue,” he said.
“They are a big concern to us, and we have to take all appropriate measures to protect our systems.”
Mr Morrison said the Government was considering the matter and would take “appropriate measures” to ensure Australians were not affected.
Mr Morrison also said there was no suggestion the attack was related to the release of the ABC’s 7.30 program, but the ABC had been targeted.
“The ABC has been a target of the attack,” Mr Morrison said.
Mr Abbott was in Beijing for a three-day visit on Friday, and on Saturday visited China’s Tiananmen Square to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of World War II.
“It’s quite a significant moment, and I’m very grateful to the Chinese government for being so kind as to allow me to be here,” he told reporters.