Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia will spend 1.35 billion Australian dollars (926.1 million dollars) over the next ten years to enhance cyber security defenses, while the capital Canberra is seeking to combat a wave of attacks.
This announcement comes just weeks after Australia announced that a state-funded actor is attacking all levels of government, political bodies, basic service providers and critical infrastructure operators, and although Australia has refrained from identifying who it believes is responsible for the attacks, three sources have been informed of The matter told Reuters that the country believes China is responsible, a suggestion that Beijing quickly rejected.
Morrison said in a statement: “The top priority of the federal government is to protect our country’s economy, national security and sovereignty. Malicious cyber activity undermines that.”
The investment package will include 470 million Australian dollars to hire 500 additional security experts in the Australian Signals Directorate, which is an Australian government agency responsible for foreign signal intelligence, military operations support, and electronic warfare, as well as the country’s cyber intelligence agency.
Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said the funding was part of a $ 15 billion investment in cyber warfare capabilities, a plan that was accelerated after a cyber attack on the Australian parliament and three largest political parties in 2019.
Australia has not publicly disclosed who was responsible for the breach, which came just months before the elections, but Reuters reported late last year that the country’s intelligence agencies had quietly decided that China was responsible for this cyber attack, and China denies responsibility for the attack.