Australia being targeted by 'sophisticated' cyber attack

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Australia is currently the target of a "sophisticated" cyber attack - and an unnamed foreign government is behind it.

Scott Morrison, the country's prime minister, says the attacks have targeted all levels of the government - as well as political organisations, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure.

"We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting," he said at a news conference.

Mr Morrison has stopped short of naming the country responsible for this "malicious" activity, but warned: "There are not a large number of state-based actors that can engage in this type of activity."

He also stressed there is no evidence of a "large-scale" breach affecting people's personal information.

The prime minister said he is making the threat public to raise awareness - and said the frequency of attacks has increased "over many months".

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