Australian media outlet Nine Entertainment (Nine) said Sunday (March 28) that it suffered a Cyber Attack that forced the interruption of its live television programming on Sunday.
In a statement, the company said the attack prevented Nine Entertainment from airing its “Weekday Today” program on Sunday morning.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Nine Entertainment requested assistance from Australia’s cyber intelligence agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, following the cyber attack.
“Our IT team worked around the clock to fully restore systems that primarily affected broadcast and corporate business units,” Vanessa Morley, director of humanities at Nine Entertainment, said in a memo to staff. “Publishing and radio systems continue to operate.”
Nine Entertainment, which owns television stations, radio stations and newspapers, including Nine Network, the Australian Financial Review, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, urged all employees to work from Home until further notice.
However, Nine said its coverage of the NFL season, Sunday’s 6 p.m. news bulletin and evening news program 60 Minutes will go on as usual.
Separately, News.com.au reported that the Australian Parliament building was also hit by a cyber attack on Saturday, causing authorities to cancel access to e-mail and other IT services. The attack was linked to an external IT service provider, the report said. As a precaution, its services to government systems were disconnected.