A WeChat account belonging to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been hacked with Chinese government support, an MP has claimed.
The WeChat account belonging to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been hacked in recent months. The incident, first uncovered by NewsCorp Australia, took on a different dimension after government officials announced it. Scott Morrison’s WeChat account was allegedly hacked with chinese government support.
NewsCorp Australia has announced Scott Morrison has been having access issues with his WeChat account for some time. Fergus Ryan, senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the account had been hacked by a Chinese citizen.
Tencent reveals Scott Morrison hack
“Tencent has blocked Scott Morrison’s access to the account. However, Anthony Albanese’s account of criticism of the government remains active. Considering it’s an election year, this kind of interference is unacceptable. This issue should be taken seriously by all Australian politicians,” he said.
Liu said they will boycott through official and personal WeChat accounts until the platform announces the incident. Some coalition members also said they would support Liu’s boycott.
Stuart Robert, minister for digital transformation, said: “We are very interested in the issue. Speaking to The Today Show on Monday morning, Robert said the Prime Minister’s office was trying to contact the Chinese government about the hack.
Contacted by ZDNet, a Tencent spokesperson said: “Based on the information we have received, I must state that the incident was a dispute over account ownership. The account in question was first recorded by a Chinese citizen. We are then working on the account, which is transferred to a technology company. We will solve this problem in accordance with our platform rules,” he said.