Iranian hackers suspected in cyber breach and extortion attempt on Navy shipbuilder Austal

Jane Norman reports:

Iranian hackers are believed to be responsible for a cyber security breach and extortion attempt on Australia’s biggest defence exporter.

Perth-based shipbuilder Austal earlier this month revealed an “unknown offender” had hacked into its computer systems, accessing staff email addresses and phone numbers as well as ship drawings and designs.

Some of the information was then offered for sale on the dark web in an apparent extortion attempt.

The ABC can reveal the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has determined the attack was most likely carried out by a criminal group in Iran.

Read more on ABC (AU).

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