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Nine Entertainment still not fully back to normal after network attack

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Australian media company Nine Entertainment has restored a number of major systems affected in a network attack which was made public on 28 March but things are still not back to normal.

iTWire understands that while significant progress has been made, it will take weeks for Nine to get back to the state that existed before the attack.

The Australian, a newspaper from the rival Murdoch camp, reported on Monday that Nine's ad revenue had taken a hit as the network attack had crippled the internal advertisement booking and placement system.

It said it believed that several Nine clients had gone to other companies after being told they could not book fresh slots on the radio stations that Nine owns.

Nine responded to this, telling The Australian that there had been minimal impact on bookings.

The company is maintaining silence on other aspects of the breach but it is clear now that the Windows MedusaLocker ransomware was the malware that caused the problem.

The only thing that Nine is willing to say is: "We are currently moving to restore full services.

"We recognise the public interest and speculation around this cyber incident but we will not be making comments on the nature and motives of the attack."

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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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