Nine confirms cyber attack hits network
Updated: "Cyber hackers have targeted Channel Nine in a massive ransomware attack." All staff to work from home.
This afternoon in a Nine News update, Melbourne presenter Alica Loxley said, “Cyber hackers have targeted Channel Nine in a massive ransomware attack bringing down its network Australia-wide. No-one has claimed responsibility for the bug but IT experts are working to bring systems back on-line.”
In a note to staff, Nine confirmed a cyber attack has disrupted live broadcasts out of Nine Sydney (1 Denison).
“Our IT teams are working around the clock to fully restore our systems which have primarily affected our Broadcast and Corporate business units. Publishing and Radio systems continue to be operational,” Vanessa Morley, Director of People & Culture told staff.
“While our IT teams work through this issue, we ask that all employees, in all markets, work from home until further notice.”
Anyone working in Nine’s office will experience disruption to the Nine IT network. Emails do not appear to have been impacted.
“We have set up an operational team which includes leaders from across business, whose role is to triage all incoming IT requests.”
Nine News has broadcast a Melbourne-produced news bulletin in Sydney tonight.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the company may be unable to fully restore systems for some time. Nine News has flown producers to Melbourne for the week and an NRL commentary panel were told to drive to Newcastle to broadcast the football as part of a series of contingencies.
Confirming Karl & Allie will host Today from Sydney on Monday morning.
It’s been a morning of “Technical Difficulties” on several fronts today.
The Today show did not air due to problems at Nine’s new North Sydney headquarters amid speculation as to the reasons behind the problem.
Word from inside is it’s being investigated as possible cyber attack…. https://t.co/kjYIaN9pSg
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) March 27, 2021
TV Tonight understands problems began early overnight within the network, but were not rectified in time for Today.
The AFL Sunday Footy Show broadcast nationally from Melbourne later in the morning (which had its own minor glitches, presumably unrelated).
Officially the network says, “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. NRL, 6pm News Bulletins and our evening schedule will proceed as normal.”
Nine Sydney may be forced to broadcast a bulletin from Melbourne tonight. Nine News Brisbane has confirmed a local bulletin as normal.
9 determined to stick with ‘technical issues’ line even though AFP is investigating https://t.co/wsk3ugo86q
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) March 28, 2021
Meanwhile Insiders on ABC was also subject to its share of tech problems this morning, with videos failing to roll and a crew member glimpsed on set, awkardly left to duck behind the chairs.
This post updates.