Australia officially calls Russia on cyberattack

The Australian government has taken rare steps to support the United States and has attributed the SolarWinds cyberattack to Russia.

so statement On April 15, Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Defense Minister Peter Dutton, and Interior Minister Karen Andrews collaborated with an international partner to explain the harmful cyber campaign against US software companies. He said he would support the United States by detaining him. SolarWinds.

“In consultation with our partners, the Australian Government has determined that Russian state officials are actively using SolarWinds and its supply chain,” the joint statement said.

“Russia’s campaign has affected thousands of computer systems around the world. Australia recognizes the high costs borne by the US private sector.”

Payne, Dutton and Andrews also acknowledged that in the last 12 months, the Australian Government has witnessed Russia using malicious activities to undermine international stability, security and public security.

“Australia has condemned such actions,” the statement said.

“Australia welcomes the efforts of private sector and government responders around the world to identify and mitigate this threat and uphold international norms of responsible behavior in cyberspace.”

The Australian Government has previously avoided ascribed cyberattacks to foreign state officials. Last June, Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not name sophisticated state-based officials targeting Australian organizations.

At that time, Morrison Said The threshold for the federal government to publicly attribute cyberattacks from the technical level to any organization is very high.

“Australia does not downplay public attribution and when and when it chooses to do so, in the context of what we believe is always in our strategic national interest. It will be done, “Morison said.

“It’s easy to see that there aren’t many state-based actors who can engage in this kind of activity. Based on the advice we received, this was done by the state. Obvious. A bass actor with very important abilities. “

However, naming and embarrassing state-based cyberattackers has little impact on the real world, said Matthew Warren, director of RMIT’s Center for Cybersecurity Research and Innovation. ..

Warren told the Epoch Times that the federal government’s attribution of cyberattacks would make no difference to Russia.

“Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are all linked and named as responsible for cyber attacks on Western countries, and there are some examples of economic sanctions and criminal cases against representatives of these countries. “Warren said. “The public attribution of the country does not stop cyber attacks.”

Warren also warned that cyberattacks could increase, but said it was unlikely given Russia’s focus on the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the United States.

This is the second time Australia has confronted Russia over its actions in three weeks.

March 30, Pain Announcement Australia applies Targeted sanctions A travel ban on five Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to the region and two Russian colonels, and several Russian companies involved in the construction and operation of the Kerch Strait railway bridge.

The bridge connects Russia with the attached Crimean Crisis and the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine, which was officially incorporated into Russia on March 30, 2014.

Mr Payne said the Curch Bridge is an attempt to strengthen Russia’s control over the Crimean Peninsula, and these individuals and businesses are helping to legalize the annexation of this region of Russia, supporting separatist operations in eastern Ukraine. Said that.

“This year marks the seventh anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Australia continues to urge Russia to return the Crimean Peninsula and Sevastopol to full Ukrainian control,” Pain said. “Australia refuses Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and continues to call for continued intervention, interference and provocative action in eastern Ukraine.”

“We are sticking to our commitment to maintain pressure, including sanctions, on individuals and groups seeking to promote Russia’s illegal attempts to integrate Ukrainian territory into Russia.” Said Pain.

Sanctions were imposed on the seventh anniversary of the “illegal” annexation and coordinated with Canada. They bring the number of targeted sanctions Australia has taken against the Russians involved in the conflict and the Russian entities to 168 individuals and 52 entities.