Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Cyberattack hits New Zealand budget

Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf said he had referred the matter to police on the advice of intelligence services.
Makhlouf said hackers attacked government systems 2,000 times over 48 hours in a partially successful attempt to obtain documents relating to the budget, which is not due to be released until Thursday.
"Somebody managed to penetrate and get some information, not the whole budget," he told Radio New Zealand on Wednesday.
Makhlouf did not know whether the cyberattack originated in New Zealand or offshore, saying that was a matter for police to determine.
He dismissed "absolutely" suggestions from the opposition National Party, which published leaked budget details on Tuesday, that the data was released accidentally by Treasury staffers.