Canberra – Australia’s government, political, health, educational establishments and essential services have come under cyberattacks. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison released this information and hinted at a particular country being responsible for the attacks. The Australian media and think tanks have accused China of being involved in it. But China has rejected the accusations. Already, relations between Australia and China have got strained over the Coronavirus pandemic. Now, due to these cyberattacks, it seems that this dispute will stretch further.
In the past few days, government, political, commercial, health, and educational establishments in Australia have increasingly come under cyberattacks. Australian Prime Minister released this information and ordered tightening of security in these sectors. Australian security agencies have started an investigation into the attacks. The Australian political circles, along with the media and think tanks are abuzz with the discussions about China being responsible for these attacks.
Last year, the Australian Parliament faced a cyberattack. Then too, Australia had blamed China for it. Over a period of time, it was revealed that the attack was carried out by Chinese hackers. Hence, even now, the Australian media is accusing China of the current attacks.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected these allegations against them. The ministry has said that these claims are baseless and silly. Instead, China has accused Australia’s Strategic Policy Institute, funded by an American company, of carrying out the attacks. The Chinese ministry further said that currently, an anti-China image is being deliberately created worldwide.
Australia had demanded an independent and in-depth investigation into the Coronavirus pandemic, after which China had threatened Australia of severe consequences. Australia had not paid any heed to these intimidations. In fact, Australia had warned China by conducting war exercises along with the United States in the South China Sea, after which China had asked its citizens to avoid travel to Australia.