Companies fall in new global ransomware attack

Organisations in the UK, Ukraine, Netherlands, Spain, the United States and elsewhere have been affected by the ransomware attack.

By George Nott
June 29, 2017

Ransomware attack comes to Tasmania. This is what Cadbury's Hobart computers look like since 9:30pm #ransomware

— Leon Compton (@LeonCompton) June 27, 2017

According to ABC reports, Australian staff of DLA Piper were told via text that it had been the victim of a "major cyber incident" overnight.

A sign said to be from the firm's Washington office warns employees not to turn their computers on.

The Australian Government urged small businesses to take “urgent action to improve their cyber security” in the wake of the new attack.

"We are aware of the situation and monitoring it closely, we are in contact with our Five Eyes partners," said Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan.

"It appears to be the same vulnerability as Wannacry. This ransomware attack is a wake-up call to all Australian businesses to regularly backup their data and install the latest security patches."

Businesses who believe they could be infected are urged to visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) website or call 1300 292371 (1300CYBER1) for more information.

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