Speculation ruining politically motivated cyberattacks on Australian media networks

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s cybersecurity director said Sunday’s cyberattack on the Nine Australian media company could have been a politically motivated attack.

Fergus Hanson, Cyber ​​Security Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute Said to nine The attack looked like a ransomware attack, but no ransom was required.

“If you’re asked to pay the ransom, it could be a ransomware attack, in which case you’re looking at cybercriminals,” Hanson said. “If you weren’t asked to pay the ransom, you might be looking at other actors, including state actors.”

The attack is currently under investigation by the Media Network and the Australian Cyber ​​Security Center (ACSC). Nine said I was able to identify the cause of the attack.

“The focus of the first 24 hours was containment. We are confident that our technical team has isolated the attackers from certain destructive activities initiated,” said Nine’s Chief Information Technology Officer. Damian Kronan said.

The incident caused the network to malfunction, forcing many of the systems to go offline, delaying publication, and stopping some programs from airing.

Staff are also required to work from home until further notice.

Nine posted on Twitter: “We are still investigating whether it is a criminal sabotage or a foreign job, but this attack could reveal a national vulnerability.”

The Australian Parliament was also hit by a cyberattack over the weekend, shutting down the Parliamentary Services Department’s (DPS) email service.

“DPS has begun a gradual recovery of DPS-issued smartphone and tablet services following the weekend turmoil.” Spokesman told CNN Monday business. “The protection mechanism is working properly to prevent unsophisticated attempts to access Congressional computer networks.”

“The network is not at risk and there is no identified data loss.”

News about cyberattacks on Nine and the Houses of Parliament comes after two other attacks were registered in Australia in March.

Since the cyberattack on March 16, many of Melbourne’s Eastern health service systems have remained offline, with some administrative work being returned to pen and paper, causing significant delays.

The Western Australian Parliamentary Services Department was also attacked on March 4, during state elections. Beijing-backed hackers are suspected of being behind the incident, which was part of a global cyberattack involving Microsoft software.

Cybersecurity has caught the attention of Australia last year after Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that Australian public and private institutions have dealt with persistent cyberattacks from “sophisticated state-based cyberattackers.” I did.

ASCS requires many Australian organizations to patch vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange programs.