When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

REUTERS, BBC NEWS (UK), SBS, ABC (Australia)

Worldcrunch

CANBERRA – Australia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Chinese Hackers allegedly stole the digital blueprints of a $630 million spy agency headquarters, according to an ABC report.

The news comes on the heels of the US reporting that classified military designs were compromised by Chinese hackers on Monday.

This “security blunder of epic proportions,” in the words of the influential Australian Greens party claimed other victims such as a steel manufacturer (Bluescope Steel) as well as a military and civilian communication company (Codan Ltd), reports Reuters.

The stolen floorplans of Australia’s domestic spy agency ASIO (Australia Security Intelligence Organization) in the capital of Canberra could lead to major leaks of confidential information. “You can start constructing your own wiring diagrams, where the linkages are through telephone connections, through wi-fi connections, which rooms are likely to be the ones that are used for sensitive conversations, how to surreptitiously put devices into the walls of those rooms,” said Australian security analyst Des Ball, quoted by Reuters.

[rebelmouse-image 27086877 alt="""" original_size="724x600" expand=1]

The current ASIO headquarters (Chris Beer)

Prime Minister Julia Gillard qualified these reports as “inaccurate” all the while denying that “Australia’s intelligence agencies fundings have been cut,” reports SBS.

One day prior to this theft saw the US falling victim of stolen classified military material, notably designs for the Patriot missile system, the Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile Defence systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Reuters.

China called the accusation groundless despite Australia’s position as the US military pivot to the Asia-Pacific area. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr claimed that this attack “will not hit ties” with Beijing, reports BBC News.

You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
  • $2.90/month or $19.90/year. No hidden charges. Cancel anytime.
Already a subscriber? Log in

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
Geopolitics

How South American Oceans Can Sway The U.S.-China Showdown

As global rivalries and over-fishing impact the seas around South America, countries there must find a common strategy to protect their maritime backyards.

RIMPAC 2022

Juan Gabriel Tokatlian

-Analysis-

BUENOS AIRES — As the U.S.-China rivalry gathers pace, oceans matter more than ever. This is evident just looking at the declarations and initiatives enacted concerning the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Yet there is very little debate in South America on the Sino-American confrontation and its impact on seas around South America, specifically the South-Eastern Pacific (SEP) and South-Western Atlantic (SWA). These have long ceased to be empty spaces — and their importance to the world's superpowers can only grow.

Keep reading...Show less

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
  • $2.90/month or $19.90/year. No hidden charges. Cancel anytime.
Already a subscriber? Log in
Writing contest - My pandemic story
THE LATEST
FOCUS
TRENDING TOPICS

Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

Watch VideoShow less
MOST READ