Chinese hackers steal blueprint of new Oz spy headquarters

Sydney, May 28 (ANI): Chinese hackers have reportedly gained access to Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) system and stole highly secret and sensitive blueprint of it's yet to function new headquarters.

The stolen documents were traced to a server in China, and include the ASIO building's floor plans, communication cabling layouts, server locations and security systems, potentially putting the entire organisation at risk.

In the past, Chinese hackers have been accused of attacking systems and stealing sensitive information from the Australian military, foreign trade documents from BlueScope Steel and Adelaide-based Codan, which makes radios for military and intelligence agencies.

There is no clear indication about whether the latest attacks and theft has any diplomatic ramifications.

Recently, Canberra had claimed in May's Defence White Paper that it no longer saw rising superpower China as a threat.

The ASIO theft may help explain the stagnant state of its new headquarters, which is millions over budget and still not operational.

The report further added that a contractor involved in the project supposedly was cyber attacked.

Theft of the documents could potentially let China bug the building, which was due to open in April, but its staff hasn't moved in yet. (ANI)


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