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Australian Department of Defence downplays importance of cyber leak

12 October 2017

Australian cyber security officials have played down the importance of technical data stolen by hackers in 2016 about a series of military programmes and platforms, including the F-35A Lockheed Martin Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Cyber security minister Dan Tehan confirmed on 10 October that the network of a small Australian company with contracting links to national security projects had been compromised by what he described as “a malicious cyber actor”.

Analysis by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) confirmed that the network had been accessed “over an extended period of time” until November 2016, and that a significant amount of data was stolen, the minister said.

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