The ABC said an “IT security issue” affected ABC News 24 programming for half an hour on Tuesday morning.
“There was an IT security issue this morning which affected some of the ABC’s broadcasting systems and created technical difficulties for ABC News 24,” it said in a statement.
“As a result, we broadcast stand-by programming from 9:30am before resuming live news broadcasts from Melbourne at 10:00am.
“We are now operating normally.”
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties, we will resume normal programming as soon as possible #abcnews24
— ABC News 24 (@ABCNews24) October 6, 2014
The crypto-ransomware attack, which reportedly originated in Russia, had also targeted Australia Post computers by using fake emails containing a link which downloads malicious software.
Australia Post has warned its customers about fake emails which advise that a “courier” has been unable to deliver a parcel to their address. The email then requests the customer to open attachments which provide information about their package and asks them to go to their local post office to collect the package.