Surprisingly, there was no media release from any minister worthy of note. All we had was Morrison speaking in a breathless tone as though he had run a mile or so.
To clear this up: there is NOT a major cyber attack underway right now. There has been an increase in frequency of attacks over recent months. No breaches of personal data or sensitive Govt or business systems. PM wanted to raise awareness & send message to upgrade protections.— David Speers (@David_Speers) June 19, 2020
If state-based actors were hammering on the cyber portals of both the public and private sectors, would it not have merited a more studied approach by our political masters?
The Australian Cyber Security Centre issued a detailed statement about the attacks – but that statement was updated on Thursday, well before Morrison gave his media briefing.
Wonder why so many journos reacting as though it is happening now? #WhyToday— Cheryl Kernot (@cheryl_kernot) June 19, 2020
To me, Morrison sounded something like the former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld who, after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, would suddenly raise the level of alert in the country due to what he claimed were unspecified attacks being planned.
Keeping the population scared is a well-known tactic employed by politicians; it makes the masses so much easier to control.
It is reasonable to assume that if there was a major attack ongoing, then Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton would not have missed a chance to be there at the media conference.
Australia is currently being hit by a major cyber attack by a foreign “state-based” hacker.— Keira Savage (@KeiraSavage00) June 19, 2020
All levels of government, political parties and private businesses are being targeted.
Gosh. Who could possibly be behind this? ?♀️ pic.twitter.com/yccDHvGCs6
He is the minister who manages a whole load of agencies that deal with cyber security. Yet, there is not even a media release on the ministry's website.
Is this the way the government reacts when a "major, sophisticated state-based actor" is threatening the whole of the country as Morrison made out?
If so, then we need to be more scared than ever as our politicians are clearly not ready for a major intrusion.