Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned late last week that a sophisticated, state-sponsored cyber actor has been attacking the country's government and corporate institutions, as well as critical infrastructure operators, with increasing regularity.

Morrison did not name-and-shame the specific country that is responsible for the alleged attacks. But inside sources told Reuters that China is the culprit, noting similarities between the recent attacks and past malicious activities that were also attributed to Beijing and were aimed at Australia's national parliament and three largest political parties. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday reportedly denied China was involved.

"Based on advice provided to the Government by our cyber experts, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Australian organizations are currently being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor," reads an official statement issued by the offices of the Prime Minister, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Defense. "This activity is targeting Australian organizations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers, and operators of other critical infrastructure."

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