Chinese Hackers Hit ANU In Major Cyber Attack

Chinese hackers have breached ANU's IT system

The Australian National University's IT system has been compromised after Chinese-baked hackers infiltrated the network.

ANU said that hackers infiltrated its system last year and it has been working for several months to minimise the impact.

The university said there was no indication data was stolen, but intelligence sources said it was highly likely information was taken, the ABC reports.

The successful cyber attack on its IT system was likely the work of hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to media reports.

A statement from the university on Twitter confirmed the attack and said staff were "working to contain the threat".

The Canberra-based university is the headquarters of the National Security College, which trains defense and intelligence officials.

Alex Joske, a China researcher for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, told Fairfax Media that there were several possible motivations for the hack.

“ANU has involvement in important Australian government projects. This hack might have been aiming to steal information for commercial gain or for strategic or technological gain for the Chinese military,” Mr Joske said.