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Foreign spies used RAT to hack Australian weather bureau with weak security controls

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    Foreign spies made off with an “unknown quantity of documents” after infecting Australia’s meteorology bureau with a RAT, but the fact that security controls at the bureau were “insufficient” even for common cybercrime threats only helped the “state-sponsored cyber adversaries.”

    After Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology systems was hacked, unnamed government officials immediately blamed China and China immediately denied the “groundless accusations.” When the hack hit the news in December 2015, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) would not confirm if its systems had been compromised. In April, Australian’s Prime Minister did confirm there had been a “significant cyber intrusion” at the Bureau.

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