Sky News host Andrew Bolt says what China is undertaking against Australia are “like acts of war” by trying to steal information and spy on citizens.
“Now there’s evidence of exactly how China does spy on Australian citizens,” Mr Bolt said.
It comes as the families of Australian politicians have been the target of open-source surveillance by a Chinese company that claims to have done work on behalf of Chinese intelligence, cyber security experts have claimed.
In a recent exclusive interview with Sky News Australia, cyber security analysts Robert Potter and Chris Balding have detailed the incredible scope of the espionage which they claim has targeted the most senior politicians in Australia.
The men claim a leaked database from a company called Shenzen Zhenhua Data indicates an intelligence assessment was carried out on the children or spouses of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, former Ambassador in Washington, Joe Hockey, current ambassador, Arthur Sinodinos and Chair of the Intelligence Committee, Andrew Hastie.
The company alleged to have produced the database – Shenzen Zhenhua Data – has ties to Chinese intelligence. Mr Bolt spoke with Sky News host Sharri Markson, who conducted the exclusive interview the two cyber security analysts.
When asked if she believed the company has done this for Chinese intelligence, Ms Markson said “of course”.
“Some of the data that they’re pulling together may in fact be in breach of privacy laws,” Ms Markson said.
“This is really concerning”.
Australia ‘virtually in a new cold war’ with communist China
Australia’s national interest is consistently compromised as China embraces its new “wolf-warrior diplomacy” according to Sky News contributor Cory Bernardi.
Mr Bernardi said the Communist Party of China “utilises hostile rhetoric that takes the form of propaganda, trying to bully Australia to conform to Beijing’s strategic and political personality”.
Mr Bernardi spoke about the escalation in the rhetoric coming from China with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Peter Jennings.
“We now have trade wars, we have threatened embargoes,” Mr Bernardi said. “It’s virtually a new cold war where even our diplomats aren’t even able to get their Chinese equivalents on the phone,” he said.
Mr Jennings said while it “can feel sometimes like Australia is singled out” by China.
“Actually we’re not, this is happening in Europe and many other parts of the world as well”.
Sky News Australia