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China accused for a large attack on a supercomputer based in Australia

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December 2, 2015

Earlier today, we just got word that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that China has been detected as the imminent source for a very substantial attack on a supercomputer operated by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

The Bureau of Meteorology is an analog of Britain's Met Office and the U.S.' National Weather Service. Like those agencies, the BoM provides weather data to all sorts of customers, including various military and defense operations.

The ABC is suggesting that a security breach of the BoM is therefore a direct threat to the nation's security. That the super computer is used for modelling the nation's climate suggests an economic motive-- if an attacker knows what data sets the BoM is crunching and why, it could prove useful in all sorts of potential attacks.

We have placed a few calls to people we know who often are aware of such attacks. One well-placed source told us that various remote code executions did take place at the BoM.

Other sources who are often willing to offer background commentary on such matters have said they are unwilling to do so, off or on the record, regarding this security incident.

If more substantial information, or commentary, comes to light we'll be sure to bring it to you.

The allegations come after China and the United States promised not to hack each other... Australia, like the U.S., is a member of the 'Five Eyes' intelligence-sharing alliance.

About six weeks ago, China's prime minister Li Keqiang was in Washington DC to meet with president Barack Obama in an effort to build better and improved relations between China and the United States.

President Obama told Keqiang that hacker attacks on the U.S. government and American corporations need to stop. Keqiang repeatedly said that such hacker attacks don't come from China. The U.S. government has all the evidence that those attacks are coming from China, and that the overall trend has been growing since 2013.

Source: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

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