The public will probably not see a Federal Government report on what’s been labelled a state-sponsored cyberattack against the parliamentary computing network earlier this year.
Senate president Scott Ryan yesterday told a Senate estimates hearing that, after reading the “rather technical” report for the first time on Friday, he is now awaiting a “plain language briefing” from cyber security experts before providing an update to the Senate.
Ryan said, however, that it is unlikely that an unclassified version of the report will be released.
“But I will say at this point that there are obviously implications for our future security as a parliament, as well as our cooperation with various agencies,” Ryan said.
“I am not convinced that publishing the report I have received, even in a redacted form, would be helpful,” the Senate president added.
The cyberattack, which extended to the networks of the Liberal, Labor and National parties, forced more than 4000 parliamentarians and staff, as well as the Department of Parliamentary Services, to reset their passwords.
Despite claims that no data had been accessed at the time of the attack, an Australian Signals Directorate assessment has since revealed that a limited amount of non-confidential data was in fact stolen by a state-sponsored actor.