Hacker named after Home and Away character steals top secret defence data

"While the Australian company is a national security-linked contractor and the information disclosed was commercially sensitive, it was unclassified".

The government has not said how long hackers had remote access to the contractor's network, but says the intrusion has been remediated and additional defenses put in place with the help of the Australian Signals Directorate.

However, he said "we don't necessarily let the public know" about the identities of hackers, because of the confidential nature of the environment.

When asked about the incident on ABC RN Breakfast this morning, defence industry minister Christopher Pyne stressed that it was not military secrets stolen.

Mr Clarke said the information hacked on the new Navy ships included a diagram in which you could zoom in down to the captain's chair and see it was one metre away from the navigation chair.

Approximately 30GB of data was compromised during a hack on a government contractor.

He said the hacker had taken advantage of the aerospace firm's "sloppy" IT security, including a failure to update software and possibly cracking basic passwords to access servers, over a three-month period before ASD was alerted to the breach.

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Even without this exploit, the company still had used the default username and passwords for many of its logins. The incident, Pyne concluded, was a "salutary reminder" about cyber security. This is not rocket science but does require resources.

Australian cyber security officials have apparently dubbed the mystery hacker as "Alf", named after a character on the Aussie TV soap Home and Away.

"Fortunately the data that has been taken is commercial data, not military data", he said.

"Collectively, the industry needs to embrace a new approach to security".

That attack stole classified information about a top-secret weapons system, and US Deputy Defence Secretary William Lynn at the time blamed a foreign intelligence agency for the attack. "Taking this model and securing it with cryptographic segmentation allows an organisation to embrace zero trust irrespective of infrastructure, of data centre locations, new cloud deployments, and / or the desire of workers to hang out in the local coffee shop". "Which means that, in the inevitability of a breach occurring, the data to which hackers can gain access is constrained".

Dan Slattery, senior information security analyst at tech security firm Webroot, said that the report should worry both the public and private sectors. On 22 March 2018, the event will come to the United States for the first time, taking place in one of the world's most prominent business cities: NY.

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