Australian government under a significant ransomware attack disrupting all IT services

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Another cyber-attack has hit the Australian public institutions, claims Andrew Greene, the ABC defence correspondent.

Mr Greene reports a “significant” ransomware attack has hit a number of Australian government departments and agencies overnight resulting in widespread disruption to IT services.

On Twitter, Mr Greene added: “The Australian Cyber Security Centre is responding – but so far it’s not clear how long it will take to fix.”

Earlier this month, records of 38,000 government employees had been stolen in a cyber-attack according to Rob Lucas, the South Australian treasurer.

The personal information stolen included employees’ first and last names, date of birth, tax file number, home address and bank account details.

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