MPs tested on ‘phishing’ to protect Parliament’s computer network


Federal MPs and political staffers will be sent suspicious-looking emails to see whether they click on the links in a test designed to help protect Parliament House’s computer network.

The move comes after Australian intelligence officials quietly determined China was responsible for  cyber attacks in February on Parliament House’s computer network and political parties.

Up to four times a year, the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) will send simulated cyber-attack emails, known as “phishing” emails, to parliamentarians and their staff.Credit:Nine

Up to four times a year, the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) will send simulated cyber-attack emails, known as “phishing” emails, to parliamentarians and their staff to test their reactions and improve awareness about the dangers.

Under Parliament House’s fake phishing plan, if a user clicks a link or opens an attachment, the system will automatically notify them the email was part of the simulation and redirect them to a short video or animation explaining how to avoid phishing emails in future.



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