OWell, well, well.
New Zealand its expressing its indignation about something the Russians may or may not have been doing.
But this expression of the nation’s indignation comes not from Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta but from Andrew Little, our Minister of …
No, not Health on this occasion. Nor Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Pike River Re-entry or the NZSIS.
He was giving the Russians a blast as Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau.
In that capacity, he was adding New Zealand’s voice to
“ … the international condemnation of the malicious compromise and exploitation of the SolarWinds Orion platform.”
Our international partners have analysed the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion platform (he huffed) and attributed this malicious activity “to Russian state actors”.
“This compromise deployed malware indiscriminately around the world and has caused widespread disruption as many thousands of organisations had to apply security patches and check systems,” said Andrew Little.
A significant number of New Zealand organisations use the SolarWinds Orion platform, Little said.
The GCSB’s National Cyber Security Centre and CERT NZ have provided guidance for organisations to identify if the malicious code has been installed on their systems, and apply the appropriate security patches.
“While we have seen no indication that New Zealand organisations were targeted, the compromise caused disruption in New Zealand as organisations urgently checked their systems, applied security patches, and took action to protect themselves,” the Minister said.
Then to make absolutely plain our position, he declared:
New Zealand condemns the unacceptable actions of Russian state actors and calls for all states to behave responsibly online.
We would like to think there is trembling in the Kremlin today.
We also wonder how strong the statement would be if the actors were Chinese.
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16 APRIL 2021