Espionage accusation between Australia and China continues. This time it involves spam emails loaded with spyware. The targets are said to be Australian foreign affairs officials whose work involve China.
According to today’s Sydney Morning Herald:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed yesterday staff had been briefed about a suspicious email sent to several staff last month. The source of the email is under investigation by the department’s communications experts. ASIO and the AFP would not comment yesterday on whether they were also investigating the email.
A report in the Canberra Times said the email was suspected to have originated from China and was headed ”Australia-China Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Update”. It reportedly targeted officials who work on China-related matters.
A spokeswoman for the department would not say whether the email was believed to have come from China.
This is a LINK to a Chinese language report about this incident at Radio Free Asia.