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Australia – The Parliament of Western Australia

Exploit: Nation-State Hacking
Parliament of Western Australia: Regional Legislative Body

Risk to Small Business: 1.603 = Severe

Western Australia’s parliamentary email network was infiltrated by suspected Chinese hackers in the fallout of the recent massive Microsoft Exchange incident. The intrusion was detected on 03/04 in the middle of the state election campaign and led to intervention from Australia’s cybersecurity watchdog. Email service was disrupted but an investigation by Western Australia’s Parliamentary Services Department concluded that no sensitive data was stolen in the attack.

Individual Risk: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as compromised in this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Nation-state hacking is a menace that doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Couple that with a massive third party breach at a major technology vendor and danger escalates