The subcontractor was revealed as using software that hadn't been updated for 12 months as well as username-password combinations, "admin-admin" and "guest-guest".
A report by ZDNet said officials referred to the months before ASD intervention as "Alf's mystery happy fun time".
It dubbed the hacker "ALF", after a character in TV soap opera Home and Away. "It's just a thing we do", he said.
"The Government does not intend to discuss further the details of this cyber incident".
"Companies like QinetiQ are making important investment decisions now to set themselves up for success in the future and to take advantage of these opportunities", said Pyne.
"If we got lucky this time, and it was only sensitive information, not even more significant information, we need to make sure there is no next time, the government needs to wake up to itself, start taking its responsibility seriously and start protecting sensitive defence information".
However, he said "we don't necessarily let the public know" about the identities of hackers, because such investigations often involve confidential information. "The ASD and the cyber security office immediately swung into action", he said.
Military spending would grow by A$29.9bn over 10 years, including plans to buy 72 Joint Strike Fighters, the 2016 Defence White Paper outlined.
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