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    Foreign Intelligence Allegedly Handled 2015 Hack on Australia Meteo Bureau

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    Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) said in a report released on Wednesday that a massive cyberattack on country's Bureau of Meteorology in 2015 could have been conducted by a foreign intelligence service.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Australian Bureau of Meteorology is the major national information resource. It provides weather forecasts and information on climate, warns of tsunami, reports about water resources, and even the so-called space weather. In addition, it owns one of the largest supercomputers in Australia and provides sensitive information for a number of important institutions in the country.

    "In 2015, ASD [Australian Signals Directorate] detected suspicious activity from two computers on the Bureau of Meteorology’s network. On investigation, ASD identified the presence of particular Remote Access Tool (RAT) malware popular with state-sponsored cyber adversaries, amongst other malware associated with cybercrime. The RAT had also been used to compromise other Australian government networks," the report reads.

    According to ACSC, it "attributed the primary compromise to a foreign intelligence service, however, security controls in place were insufficient to protect the network from more common threats associated with cybercrime."

    The report, however, does not disclose what country could stand behind the cyberattack, as well as does not specify the alleged motives for the hack.

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