Cyber attacks on Australian businesses on the rise but experts not blaming state actors

It used to be a business needed a lock on its door and a CCTV camera to protect against criminals, now experts say they need to invest in security they cannot see.

The humble keyboard has been used to wreak havoc on a handful of organisations recently and cyber experts are warning the number of victims will continue to rise.

BlueScope and MyBudget are the latest to confirm they have been subjected to a cyber attack, following Toll Group and Services New South Wales being hit.

To read this ABC report in full, see:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-15/cyber-attacks-australian-businesses-increasing-not-state-actors/12253842

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BlueScope Steel hit by cyber attack causing worldwide system shutdown of operations
BlueScope Steel has been the subject of a cyber attack, forcing production systems to be halted company-wide.

The ransomware infection was discovered yesterday morning in one of the company’s United States-based businesses.

BlueScope’s chief financial officer Tania Archibald said the company had reverted to manual operations where possible, but some processes such as steel despatches were continuing as normal.

To read this ABC report in full, see:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-15/bluescope-steel-cyber-attack-shut-down-kembla-ransomware/12251316

Lights stay on despite cyber-attack on UK’s electricity system
Britain’s energy system has fallen victim to a cyber-attack targeting the IT infrastructure used to run the electricity market.

The electricity system’s administrator, Elexon, confirmed that it was affected by a cyber-attack on Thursday afternoon but that the key systems used to govern the electricity market were not affected.

To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/14/lights-stay-on-despite-cyber-attack-on-uks-electricity-system

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