'Sophisticated state actor' blamed for massive Australian government hack

Australia's Parliament House in Canberra on September 7, 2010.

(CNN)A major cyber attack against Australia's ruling and opposition parties was the work of a "sophisticated state actor," the country's prime minister said Monday, less than three months before a national election.

The hack, first reported in a parliamentary statement on February 8, is believed to have accessed the networks of the ruling Liberal and National coalition parties as well as the opposition Labor Party, said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
"Our security agencies have detected this activity and acted decisively to confront it. They are securing the systems and protecting users," he said.