Arthur Sinodinos lured in WhatsApp cyber attack

Celebrating the appointment of The Honourable Arthur Sinodinos AO as the Australian Ambassador to the United States

Australian diplomats, including ambassador to the United States Arthur Sinodinos, have been snared in a sophisticated identity theft scam in which cyber attackers impersonated them on encrypted messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram in a bid to get sensitive information from their contacts.

The cyberattack happens to mirror the attacks on senior cabinet ministers, including Finance Minister Simon Birmingham and Health Minister Greg Hunt. The attackers impersonate the individuals on WhatsApp or Telegram by using their names and personal phone numbers and attaining access to their contact book on their phones.

A spokeswoman for the AFP said it was aware of the matter and was investigating.