Cyber-attack hits Australian Department of Defence service ForceNet
Hackers strike a major Australian Defence Force communications platform in latest chaos after Optus and Medibank breaches
- A ransomware attack hit the Department of Defence’s external service ForceNet
- The cyberattack was launched earlier this month but only disclosed this week
- Personnel have been briefed, said Assistant Defence Min. Matt Thistlethwaite
A communications platform used by the Department of Defence has been hit by a ransomware attack.
Hackers targeted the ForceNet service, which is run by an external provider.
Government officials said no data of serving or former military personnel appeared to have been compromised or stolen.
In an email to all staff, the defence secretary said the matter was being taken ‘very seriously’.
A ransomware attack was launched against the Department of Defence service ForeNet earlier this month (pictured, Australian Defence Force personnel)
The attack happened earlier this month.
Assistant Defence Minister Matt Thistlethwaite said the department was being prudent by notifying all personnel despite no information being stolen.
Assistant Defence Minister Matt Thistlethwaite (above) said the department is notifying all defence personnel despite no information being leaked
Defence has suggested its staff change their passwords and use two factor authentication.
‘I want to stress this isn’t an attack or breach on defence ICT systems,’ Mr Thistlethwaite told ABC radio.
‘It’s on an external provider defence contracts to run one of their websites.’
Cyber support has been offered to military personnel who believe they may be affected.