When Google announced last week that it was targeted by a cyber attack originating from China it certainly got media attention. Google is a household name and China is perceived as a growing competitor. But transnational cyber attacks are widespread, and China isn’t necessarily Australia’s biggest problem.

"Australian attacks targeting the private sector have come from other so-called 'friendly countries'. Which country is a problem closely correlates with business competition in the particular sector," a security consultant at a leading outsourcing firm told Crikey.