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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Australian parliamentary network hack reveals procedure, password issues Related reading: NZ Privacy Commissioner seeks review of the Privacy Act


Evidence before Australia's Senate Standing Committees on Finance and Public Administration reveals it took eight days to remove hackers who accessed the parliamentary network last winter, ZDNet reports. President of the Senate Sen. Scott Ryan has tabled a report on the incident, but the article states his “verbal evidence reveals disturbing gaps in [Department of Parliamentary Services] defenses and procedures.” Ryan said, “a small number of users visited a legitimate external website that had been compromised” causing “malware to be injected into the Parliamentary Computing Network.” He also discussed issues with password practices, including a procedure allowing staff to reset their boss’s passwords. The hackers have never been named.
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