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Prime Minister Hacked, Among Others

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

April 1, 2011

Wired reports that computers belonging to the Australian prime minister and at least nine other federal ministers were recently hacked. The hackers were able to access several thousand e-mails before Australian authorities received tips about the hacking from U.S. intelligence officials, the report states. Though the information was nonsensitive, Information Technology Dean of Research Jill Slay said the nation must prepare for a greater battle with cybercriminals. "Think of what they have done to Google, the White House and governments in Southeast Asia. A determined hacker, if they are determined to get in, they will get in there," she said. Another expert said cybercrime against Australian companies and government is "no longer a matter of if but of when."
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