Foreign Minister’s Foreword

Minister Payne statement: attribution of cyber incident to Russia

Attribution of cyber incident to Russia

The Australian Government joins international partners to support the US statement of 15 April 2021 to hold Russia to account for its harmful cyber campaign against US Software firm, SolarWinds.

In consultation with our partners, the Australian Government has determined that Russian state actors are actively exploiting SolarWinds and its supply chains.

Over the past 12 months, Australia has witnessed Russia use malicious activity to undermine international stability, security and public safety. Australia condemns such behaviour.

Russia’s campaign has affected thousands of computer systems worldwide. Australia acknowledges the high costs borne by the US private sector.

Australia welcomes private sector and government responders’ efforts around the world to expose and mitigate this threat and uphold the international norms of responsible behaviour in cyberspace.

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