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ASIO hacking failed, officials say
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:30:39 -0500 (CDT)

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/it-pro/security-it/asio-hacking-failed-officials-say-20130531-2nhgk.html

By Philip Dorling
The Canberra Times
June 1, 2013

Australian national security officials have denied classified plans of ASIO's new headquarters building were stolen by Chinese hackers and say the opposition was informed of this in a security briefing.

According to security officials, there were attempted cyber intrusions against contractors engaged in the ASIO headquarters building project. The attacks are understood to have taken place in 2009-10. The malware employed in these efforts targeted building drawings and schematics.

But the attempted hacking was ''not successful'' in obtaining sensitive classified information.

''This was one of many attempts to obtain sensitive Australian government information, most likely by Chinese intelligence services but there was no compromise,'' a security official said on condition of anonymity.

''Contracting firms involved in the project are required to comply with the highest security standards, including in regard to IT security, and this incident demonstrated the effectiveness of those measures.''

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