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Russians hacked hundreds of Aust companies

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April 17, 2018

Australians are being warned to keep vigilant after cyber attacks on hundreds of companies.

Australia has admonished Russia after confirming Kremlin-backed hackers were responsible for cyber attacks on hundreds of Australian companies.

Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor said while a "significant number" of organisations were affected by the 2017 attacks, there was no indication Australian information had been compromised.

"Commercially available routers were used as a point of entry, demonstrating that every connected device is vulnerable to malicious activity," Mr Taylor said on Tuesday.

"This attempt by Russia is a sharp reminder that Australian businesses and individuals are constantly targeted by malicious state and non-state actors, and we must maintain rigorous cyber security practices."

Mr Taylor, who is in the United States meeting government officials to discuss cyber security, said it was crucial Canberra worked with Washington to build defences against attacks.

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