Channel Nine Hit By ‘Advanced And Targeted’ CYBER HACKING Attack – Forcing It To Leave Weekend Shows And Tell Employees To Work From Home
- Nine Network falls victim to a cyber attack that disrupts live programming
- Weekend programs, including Weekend Today and Sunday Sports, cannot be broadcast
- The Australian broadcaster is calling on workers across the country to work from home
- Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers describes attack as ‘serious’ and ‘targeted’
The Nine Network has been the target of a cyber attack, disrupting live programming from Sydney.
The Australian broadcaster confirmed that there was a cyber attack on its systems after it failed to air its Weekend Today and Sunday Sport programs on Sunday morning.
In a note to staff, Nine’s director of people and culture, Vanessa Morley, told all employees across the country to work from home until further notice.
Weekend Today, host Richard Wilkins (center) announced on Twitter that the Nine Network was experiencing technical difficulties. It later emerged that the network had been hacked
“Our IT teams work around the clock to fully restore our systems, which have mainly affected our broadcasting and corporate business units,” she wrote.
“Publication and radio systems remain operational.”
Ms. Morley said office workers can expect to experience “disruption to the Nine IT network,” although emails do not appear to be affected.
Nine’s National Rugby League coverage, 6:00 pm news bulletins and Sunday night coverage including 60 Minutes and Married At First Sight continue as planned after the company issued “ several contingencies. ”
A Channel Nine employee shared footage of the control room error screens as the network had to shut down its weekend programs
Earlier, the Australian media giant – the owner of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers – said it was responding to “technical issues.”
Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers described the situation as “serious.”
“These are very worrying reports,” he told reporters in Springwood, a Brisbane suburb.
“What we are hearing here is a serious and sophisticated targeted attack on a media organization.”