Sharp rise in cyber scams and attacks

October 10, 2017

Australia's cyber security watchdog says there's been a 15 per cent rise in cyber incidents.

Cyber hackers breached the computer system of a defence contractor last year, the federal government has revealed.

Assistant Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan, who will on Tuesday launch the Australian Cyber Security Centre's annual threat report, can't confirm who was responsible for the hack.

"But I can say this, cyber espionage is alive and well," he told ABC radio ahead of a speech to the National Press Club.

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