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Mon, 29 Mar, 2021

Nine Network hit with major cyber attack

Nine Network hit with major cyber attack

The Nine Network is at the centre of the largest cyber attack on a media company in Australia's history, which has brought the network's news production systems around the country to a grinding halt for over 24 hours.

Television and digital production systems have been offline since the early hours of yesterday morning. The site, 9news.com.au has also been affected.

The Today show aired this morning.

The attack is currently being investigated and it's unclear whether it was criminal sabotage or the work of a foreign nation.

It has been described as a sophisticated and calculated attack and has caused major disruptions.

Nine has revealed that they will have a contingency plan set up in case anything like this occurs again.

It is working alongside the Australian Cyber Security Centre in order to resolve the issue, but there are concerns it took weeks for it to go back o normal.

In an email yesterday, Nine Entertainment's People & Culture Director Vanessa Morley instructed all employees to work from home indefinitely as the company deals with the cyber attack.

"Our IT teams are working around the clock to fully restore our systems, which have primarily affected our Broadcast and Corporate business units. Publishing and Radio systems continue to be operational."

While cyberattacks are common occurrence, one on this scale is unprecedented.

"There are about 30 cyber gangs working in Russia and they do about $2 billion worth of business every year from these type of attacks," cyber security expert Paul Twomey told 9News.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg refused to be drawn on who could be behind such an attack, but said the threat is 'very real'.

"We are as a government investing record amounts of money in ensuring that not only government systems are equipped to deal with this cyber threat but that we're working with the business community and the private sector more generally to ensure that their systems are best in class. Because this threat is not going away," he told Today.

"Whether it's other governments or whether it's criminal organisations, cyber security is the new battle front.

"It's the new front line. It's where there is a war every single day."