A cyber crime expert on this week's hack and what needs to happen next


When Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week that a 'sophisticated state actor' had targeted the big Australian political parties in a major cyber attack, the revelation threw up more questions than answers.

Who did it and how? What data did they get their hands on? How vulnerable is our data – and our democracy?

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To make sense of it all, we're hearing today from Nigel Phair, the director of UNSW Canberra Cyber and an expert on the intersection of crime, technology and society.

He said that while hacks like these should be seen as 'the new normal' there was good reason to be concerned.