LABOR SEEKS BRIEFING ON SOURCE OF QUEENSLAND POWER COMPANY CYBER ATTACK

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08 December 2021

SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
LABOR SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

TIM WATTS MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CYBER SECURITY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR GELLIBRAND


LABOR SEEKS BRIEFING ON SOURCE OF QUEENSLAND POWER COMPANY CYBER ATTACK

 
Queenslanders this morning woke up to front page news stories about a major ransomware attack on a Queensland power company last month. 
 
These reports made clear links to a foreign country being responsible, backed by Morrison Government Assistance Minister for Defence Andrew Hastie. 
 
However, Australians have subsequently learned that a Russia-based ransomware crew ‘Wizard Spider’ (aka Conti) had claimed credit for the Queensland attack on November 27.
 
Instead of the Morrison Government providing a clear and sober attribution of those responsible for this serious attack against Australian infrastructure, Russia-based ransomware attackers identified themselves and claimed responsibility. 
 
Labor is deeply concerned by this attack, and is seeking an urgent briefing from the Morrison Government.
 
Given the importance of securing our critical infrastructure, it would be irresponsible if Australians were misled on the origins of this attack. Mr Morrison should be straight with the Australian people about what has happened here. 
  
This also highlights the need for a clear and transparent policy on the attribution of cyber-attacks from the Morrison Government, and to not be hasty in these attributions.
 
Unfortunately, cyber security has for too long been at the bottom of the Morrison Government’s priority list, after Mr Morrison abolished the dedicated minister for cyber security as one of his first acts on becoming Prime Minister.
 
While Labor has called for a national ransomware strategy since February, the Liberals failed to take action for months, despite escalating attacks against Australian businesses and critical infrastructure such as hospitals. 
 
WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER 2021

 

 

 

 

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