/ 29 March 2021

Cyber attackers hit high profile targets

And they don’t come much bigger than our biggest commercial news company and the Federal Parliament… Last night, Nine said news production systems around the country had been taken down in an “unprecedented” and targeted ambush. Yesterday’s Weekend Today show could not go to air, and news teams had to improvise to get their 6pm news bulletins on the telly. An investigation into who is responsible has commenced. Meanwhile, officials aren’t calling the disruption to Parliament’s IT system an “attack”, but a hacker’s presence saw staffers lose access to email over the weekend. “The issue relates to an external provider, and once the issue was detected, the connection to government systems was cut immediately as a precaution,” Assistant Defence Minister Andrew Hastie said last night.

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