November 1, 2018 – The Australian Government is aware of the cyber security incident affecting Austal.
This matter has been referred to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation.
As the investigation continues, the Department of Defence can confirm that no compromise of classified or sensitive information or technology has been identified so far.
This incident reinforces the serious nature of the cyber security threat faced by defense industry, and the need for industry partners to put in place, and maintain, strong cyber defenses.
Defence and the ACSC have provided cyber security assistance to Austal and are working with Austal to assess and mitigate harm.
The Government will continue to actively deter and respond to malicious cyber activity, and any impact it may have on Australia.
As this matter is still being investigated by the AFP and the ACSC, it would be inappropriate to comment further.