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Australian cyber attacks: PM Scott Morrison said the perpetrators were “sophisticated” and state-based



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Morrison revealed the existence of the attack during a press conference on Friday, adding that “state-based cyber actors” were “targeting Australian organizations in various sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organizations, education, health, important service providers and other critical infrastructure operators. . “

He did not specify which agency or business was believed to be under attack, nor did he specify the exact nature of the attack – although he said that a government investigation had not yet found “large-scale violations of personal data”.

Morrison also did not say which Australian state was believed to be behind the attack. But he told reporters that “there are not a large number of state-based actors who can engage in this kind of activity.”

“It is clear … that this has been done by state-based actors with very, very significant abilities,” Morrison added.

The attacks were also not new, and Morrison explained that such threats were “a constant problem for Australia to face.” But he added that he was asked to speak on Friday because “the frequency had increased” for “months.”

Possible cause

While Morrison refused to say who might be behind the attack, the scale and time caused many political observers to immediately point their fingers at China. Asked by reporters Friday about whether Beijing was responsible, Morrison said he “could not control speculation.”

The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment by fax.

Relations between Beijing and Canberra have improved in recent months. Australia led the call for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and condemned its criticism of the initial handling of the Chinese outbreak. Beijing then imposes tariffs on Australian beef and wheat, and Chinese officials have threatened consumer boycotts if relations continue to deteriorate.
China has long been accused by foreign powers of orchestrating large-scale cyber attacks against other governments. Recently, Washington warned in May that China might be behind efforts to steal coronavirus vaccine research from US research institutes and pharmaceutical companies.

China states that it is the main victim, not the perpetrator, of a cyber attack. The country has consistently denied claims about its cyber espionage activities.

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Ability and motives

Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), told CNN Business that there was “a 95% chance that China was responsible for this attack.”

“This really comes to an understanding of the capacity and interest that any country might have in the desire to be involved in such an attack on Australia,” said Jennings, a former senior Australian Department of Defense official. “There are other capable countries, namely Russia and North Korea, but in both cases they don’t have the scale to go as comprehensively as China.”

He added that neither Russia nor North Korea had “major strategic interests in Australian politics” at this time.

Chinese officials have attacked ASPI’s independence and credibility, calling its report “distorted facts and ridiculous.”

“There is only one country that has a combination of abilities and motives and that is China,” Jennings said. “And frankly there has also been this pattern of behavior by China for years in this regard.”

Canberra has avoided blaming other countries for major cyber attacks, including operations launched against the country’s parliament and major political parties in 2019.

Months after the attack, Reuters reports – citing Australian government sources – that Canberra has concluded personally that China is the culprit. “The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied involvement in any kind of hacking attack and said the internet is full of theories that are difficult to trace,” Reuters reported at the time.

Hilary Whiteman from CNN contributed a report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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