Treasury claims hacking attempts preceded Budget leak

Treasury claims hacking attempts preceded Budget leak

Gabriel Makhlouf (Treasury)



New Zealand's Treasury is claiming it was the target of a hacking attack ahead of the leak of confidential budget details on Monday.


Gabreil Makhlouf, Treasury secretary and CEO, said the Treasury has "gathered sufficient evidence to indicate that its systems have been deliberately and systematically hacked."


The Treasury has referred the matter to the Police on the advice of the National Cyber Security Centre.

Media reports this morning indicate more than 2,000 attempts were made to hack Treasury's website starting on Sunday night.


"The Treasury takes the security of all the information it holds extremely seriously," Makhlouf said. 


"It has taken immediate steps today to increase the security of all Budget-related information and will be undertaking a full review of information security processes.


"There is no evidence that any personal information held by the Treasury has been subject to this hacking."


National leader Simon Bridges released details of the Budget that were supposed to remain confidential until Thursday, however, he says National has not done anything improper.


It is not known whether the alleged hacking attempt was successful or what it achieved or was trying to achieve.


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Some online commentators are asking whether Treasury actually posted Budget details on its website at a guessable URL. Treasury, however, is reportedly denying they were ever uploaded to a publicly available website.


Comments from Makhlouf to Radio NZ also suggest there was no inadvertent posting.


"It wasn't an instance of someone stumbling into t ..