Friday, December 04, 2015
Australian weather hack sparks storm in a China teacup
According to a report by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the national Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has been hacked following what is being described as a "massive attack". The BoM owns one of the biggest supercomputers in Australia, and ABC reckons "multiple official sources" are saying the targeted attack was Chinese in origin. At the same time, official sources have yet to confirm or deny that the hack actually happened, what was specifically targeted and what, if any, data was compromised as a result. Instead, the BoM is simply stating that it does not comment on matters of security. Meanwhile, the BBC reports that a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, has denied any involvement. China "firmly opposes and cracks down on all forms of cyber-attacks" she said, adding that "groundless accusations and speculation are not constructive".