Hackers have broken into Federal Parliamentary email accounts to gain access to emails between ministers and Australian companies mining in China.
According to The West Australian, ASIO is extremely concerned regarding the theft of emails between Federal ministers and some major Australian miners that operate in and do business with China.
The Defence Science Technology Organisation is reportedly investigating the breaches and how to build stronger firewalls to stop repeated incursions.
BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group, Atlas Iron and Rio Tinto are some miners that have extensive operations with Chinese firms.
The email penetration has even hit Prime Minister Julia Gillard ahead of her first trip to China.
Mining companies have so far declined to say whether they were informed by the Government over the breach.
These hacking incursions come on the back of earlier Wikileaks releases showing BHP head Marius Kloppers expressing his concern over Chinese surveillance and interference in BHP’s operations.
This alarm was increased by China’s gaoling of Stern Hu and its disregard for his status as an Australian citizen.
China has increased its focus on Western Australia after it was revealed that a joint Australian-US satellite monitoring facility will be at Exmouth.
The US has recently announced its increased interest in Western Australia, and the Pilbara in particular, as an investment venue