According to a tech analyst, the cyber assault on Nine Network was carried out by a “state actor.”
According to a technology security specialist, a “state actor” is the most likely perpetrator of a debilitating cyber assault on the Nine Network.
The Nine Network is the subject of Australia’s biggest cyber attack on a media corporation, which has brought the network’s news production networks around the country to a halt for over 24 hours.
The fact that ransomware was used but no ransom was requested, according to Fergus Hanson of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, pointed to a government behind the incident.
“If you’re asked to pay a ransom, it’s most likely a ransomware attack, in which case you’re dealing with a cyber criminal… You could be looking at other people, including state actors, if you weren’t asked to pay a ransom “Mr. Hanson explained.
“If you get a call demanding $1 million to free up your networks, you’re dealing with a cyber criminal, but you need to get a little more information to figure out which sort of assault you’re dealing with.”
He also indicated a state-based source based on allegations that parts of the Federal Parliament were under cyber attack.
Mr Hanson claims the cyber attack was caused by Nine’s coverage of oppressive regimes around the world.
Tonight, the network will report an investigation into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s use of poison against foreign dissidents.
“That would definitely be something you would investigate. This form of reporting, which irritates authoritarian leaders, I believe, may certainly motivate such an assault.”
Josh Frydenberg, the Treasurer, declined to speculate about who could be behind such an attack, but said the danger is’very true.’
Since the early hours of yesterday morning, television and computer production networks have been down. This blog, 9news.com.au, has been impacted as well.