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Suspect Chinese spies hack Oz PM Gillard's emails


March 29, 2011 - Canberra (Australia)

Suspect Chinese spies have reportedly hacked the parliamentary computers of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and at least seven other federal ministers.

In what is being seen as a major breach of national security, senior sources in the government have confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that the espionage occurred over a period of more than a month, beginning in February.

Four separate government sources confirmed that they had been told Chinese intelligence agencies were among a list of foreign hackers that are under suspicion.

An investigation is now believed to be under way by ASIO after Australian intelligence agencies were tipped off to the cyber-spy raid by US intelligence officials within the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Attorney-General Robert McClelland would neither confirm nor deny the cyber-spy incident.

ANI

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