The Prime Minister last week warned of increasingly ferocious cyber attacks on Australian governments, research establishments, local government, businesses, schools, the list is long, by an unnamed ‘sophisticated state-based cyber actor.’ The PM didn’t say it, but the ‘actor’ is China, according to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and most observers. China indignantly rejects any accusations as ‘baseless.’ That reminds Topical of the expression ‘MRDA’ (Mandy Rice Davies Applies) made famous by London call girl Mandy Rice Davies during the notorious ‘Profumo affair’ in London, 1963. When Lord Astor denied in court having an affair with Mandy she replied to his barrister ‘well, he would, wouldn’t he.’

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