Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces the federal government's Cyber Security Strategy at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Dean Lewins/AAP
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Australia unveiled a multi-million-dollar cyber scheme to combat hacking Thursday, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged an attack on the country's weather bureau but stopped short of blaming it on China.Turnbull said the government was focusing not just on defensive measures but also offence, stressing that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) -- like allies the United States and Britain -- had "very considerable capabilities", without elaborating.Regional superpower China, Australia's largest trading partner, has been accused of organised hacking against the U.S. government and private firms, as well as other countries. Two years earlier the computers of the prime minister, foreign minister and defence minister were all suspected of being hacked in attacks reportedly originating in China.
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