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ACSC detects malicious activity targeting political party networks

Parliament cyber security

During the course of the investigation into the recent compromise of the Australian Parliament House network, the ACSC has identified that networks of some political parties have also been affected by a cyber security incident.

In speeches delivered to Parliament on Monday 18 February 2019, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten acknowledged the Australian security and intelligence community have detected malicious activity by a sophisticated state actor, on the networks of a number of Australian political parties including Liberal, Labor and The Nationals.

What is the ACSC doing?

The ACSC is leading a coordinated response with the security and intelligence community to understand the impacts and assist affected organisations.

Our expert teams are offering technical support, focused on securing the networks and protecting users. Our investigations are ongoing.

To assist affected government organisations and ACSC partners, we have made available a scanning tool configured to search for known malicious web shells that we have encountered in this investigation.

Our advice

If you are concerned that your organisation may have been affected, we strongly advise you engage your ICT team to review your networks and report any adverse findings to the ACSC.


For more information on this security incident, you can contact us here:

Phone: 1300 CYBER 1

You can read the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Representatives here.

You can read the Leader of the Opposition’s statement to the House of Representatives here.


Phone: 0447 169 229


February 19th, 2019