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Dharamshala: A US Intelligence tip-off has given the Australian government a strong suspicion that the computer of current Prime Minister Julia Gillard as well as those of Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defence Minister Stephen Smith, within the Australian Parliament House email network, have been hacked.

According to Intelligence, thousands of emails of up to ten ministers may have been illegally accessed, with the goal allegedly being to obtain confidential information on Australia's mining industry.

Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph quoted four unnamed government sources as pointing the finger in China's direction, though the government has said it will not comment on specific intelligence matters and has not confirmed or denied the reports.

Although China routinely denies accusations of hacking coming from major corporations, such as Google who has complained several times of the Chinese regime hacking the Gmail accounts of human rights activists, the US has recently called its cyber-warfare capabilities 'formidable'.

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