Australian PM targeted by Chinese hackers?

Graham Cluley

Australian media reports are claiming that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been the target of a stream of attacks from Chinese hackers.

According to a report in The Australian, hackers attempted to break into laptops and mobile phone communications during Rudd’s visit to China in August last year.

In addition, the report says that intelligence sources claim that the authorities in Beijing made repeated attempts to break into Australian government and business networks, as well as foreign embassies based in Australia’s capital city, Canberra.

Coincidentally, Rudd served as a diplomat in Beijing and speaks Mandarin. As such it’s perhaps slightly more likely that he would have contacts and associates inside China who may communicate regularly with him – and it wouldn’t be outrageous to speculate that these could have been the vector for an…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.