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Nine Entertainment confirms it suffered network attack

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Nine Entertainment, a major media company in Australia which owns free-to air TV stations and newspapers, says it was hit by a network attack that has interfered with its operations on Sunday.

The company told its employees in a note that the attack had disrupted live broadcasts out of Nine Sydney.

All employees were advised to work from home as IT teams tackled the issue and worked through it.

The company said anyone working from the office would experience disruptions in the IT network.

The Australian Financial Review, one of the newspapers in Nine's stable, reported earlier that the company's North Sydney headquarters had been affected.

As a result, Channel Nine was being broadcast from its Melbourne headquarters, it said.

Nine broadcasts the weekly rugby league matches staged by the NRL and that is expected to go ahead. But it was unable to broadcast its weekly NRL Sunday Footy Show, the AFRsaid.

Twitter users voiced their frustration over the show not being aired, unaware of the reason behind its absence.

The program Weekend Today, which begins at 7am and runs until 1pm on Sundays. could not go to air either.

Contacted for comment, a Nine spokesperson said: "Nine is responding to technical issues affecting live broadcasting.

"At this stage we are working through the impacts across the network and will provide an update as we resolve the systems.

"[The] NRL, 6pm News Bulletins and our evening schedule will proceed as normal."

The AFR said publishing at the company was also affected and staff had been advised not to turn on computers or restart those that were running.

Network access was not available in the Sydney headquarters and some of the software used for publishing was also offline.

The company also owns The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, which it acquired when it bought the parent company of those two newspapers, Fairfax Media, in 2018.

Fairfax experienced a network attack in 2017, when a 32-year-old man from Seattle tried to get articles about himself removed from various news sites, including those belonging to Fairfax Media, by launching a distributed denial of service on the company, and some other firms in Canada and the US.

The man, Kamyar Jahanrakhshan, tried to get articles removed from the Sydney Morning Herald, a site for legal articles known as Leagle.com, Metronews.ca, a Canadian news website, CBC in Canada and Canada.ca.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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