On Tuesday evening, following a series of Budget-related leaks by the National Party, Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf said it had sufficient evidence to indicate its systems had been “deliberately and systematically hacked” and referred the matter to police on advice of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which falls within the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
This statement clearly implied that the NCSC of GCSB had concluded Treasury had been deliberately and systematically hacked and it was their recommendation it become a criminal issue for the Police.
But the truth is vastly different:
A Treasury staff member described the incident to an NCSC responder and asked if it was a matter for the NCSC or police, the spokeswoman said.
“Given the incident did not involve a compromise of the Treasury computer network and was therefore not the type of incident the NCSC would normally respond to it was recommended that the matter be referred to police for their assessment.”
This just shows had incredibly flawed and bad faith that original statement from Treasury was. A statement that has not yet been apologised for.