According to the Australian intelligence services, China is responsible for the hack on the Australian parliament and the three largest political parties, said five anonymous sources from Reuters news agency Monday.
In February it was announced that the computer network of the Australian parliament had been hacked. The networks of the three largest political parties would also have been hacked.
With the hack on the political parties, the attackers were given access to e-mail communication and party documents on topics such as taxation and foreign policy, according to two sources. There are no indications that the cyber attack has affected the elections in May.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in February that a nation state was responsible for the attack, but did not name a country at the time.
"Report not public due to maintaining relationship with China"
According to two Reuters sources, it is recommended that the report by the Australian intelligence service ASD on the hacking attack is not made public, in order not to sharpen the economic relationship with China. China is Australia's most important trading partner.
Prime Minister Morrison's office did not want to respond to questions from Reuters , the content of the report, or whether Australia has raised the attack on China. The ASD also did not want to respond.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies being responsible. "When investigating and determining the nature of online incidents, the facts must be fully proven," the statement states. "Otherwise it only creates rumors and makes others black."