Is a nation state or disruptive criminals behind the Nine cyber attack?
Late on Saturday night computers at Nine Entertainment Co, Australia’s largest media company and the publisher of this masthead, started behaving strangely.
By Sunday morning, a sweeping cyber attack had hit the corporate network, forcing Weekend Today off air, disrupted the network’s broadcast technology and measures taken by Nine’s tech team impacted some aspects of the Herald and The Age’s publishing systems.
The attack, which experts have described as extremely sophisticated, bears all the hallmarks of a ransomware attack, whereby criminals encrypt or steal data and demand a ransom to release it, however, no demands for money have been made.
Remarkably, despite the enormous impact the attack has had and the measures Nine has had to take to battle it, television has continued to broadcast, newspapers have been printed under extremely trying circumstances and the digital mastheads continue to deliver the news.
Today on Please Explain Nathanael Cooper is joined by business editor John McDuling to find out more about what has happened.
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