A number of government departments were infected by a ransomware attack...

A number of government departments were infected by a ransomware attack...
A number of government departments were infected by a ransomware attack...

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A ransomware attack on a media surveillance service popular with government departments and agencies has denied many people access to the service and some uncertainty about what data was compromised. iSentia, a media surveillance service, announced on Tuesday the Australian Stock Exchange that it had been the target of a cyber attack. On Friday morning, it announced a freeze on trading before it was announced early next week that it was linked to the attack. The company confirmed that the incident affecting its Mediaportal service was ransomware – a type of cyber attack in which the data concerned is captured, encrypted and threatened with public disclosure unless the company does willing to pay a large amount of money. The Australian Directorate of Signals, Australia’s Cyber ​​Security Center has announced that it is aware of the incident and has offered technical support and advice. It is not yet known what data has been collected, but various government departments have confirmed that their access to the service has been interrupted or restricted. The Department of Agriculture said it continued to use limited services and was informed that there was no evidence that customer data was compromised in the attack. In the first week of hearings on the estimates in October, the Department of Agriculture confirmed it had spent more than $ 150,000 on iSentia media surveillance between July and mid-October. The Department of the Attorney General, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, and the Department of Social Services are also among the departments affected by disruptions. The Prime Minister’s and Cabinet Department and the Prime Minister’s Office said they are not using iSentia, while the Home Office said it was aware of the incident but did not confirm that it is using the services. READ MORE: Media monitoring services are used by a number of Australian government departments to turn the internet into digestible summaries for discussion and media related to their department. Reports and warnings are then made available to the media teams and senior management to inform them of the major issues affecting their area of ​​interest. To provide these services, media monitoring services require the contact details of a number of department employees, including executives, as well as potentially sensitive information about strategic priorities. It is not yet known whether these details were captured by the attackers. An investigation is currently ongoing by “leading external cyber security specialists” hired by iSentia to confirm the extent of the incident. “ISentia is taking urgent steps to contain the incident and conduct a full investigation into what has happened and how to avoid recurrence in the future,” said Ed Harrison, CEO of iSentia. “Our priority is to restore full service as quickly as possible. Until then, however, we have to set up processes to support our customers. ”

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A ransomware attack on a media surveillance service popular with government departments and agencies left many people with access to the service and some uncertainty about what data was compromised.

iSentia, a media surveillance service, announced on Tuesday the Australian Stock Exchange that it had been the target of a cyber attack. On Friday morning, it announced a freeze on trading, before announcing early next week it was linked to the attack.

The company confirmed that the incident affecting its Mediaportal service was ransomware – a type of cyber attack in which the data concerned is captured, encrypted and threatened with public disclosure if the company does not is willing to pay a large amount of money.

The Australian Signals Directorate’s Cyber ​​Security Center has announced that it is aware of the incident and has offered technical support and advice.

It is not yet known what data has been collected, but various government departments have confirmed that their access to the service has been interrupted or restricted.

The Department of Agriculture said it continued to use limited services and was informed that there was no evidence that customer data was compromised in the attack.

In the first week of hearings on the estimates in October, the Department of Agriculture confirmed it had spent more than $ 150,000 on iSentia media surveillance between July and mid-October.

The Department of the Attorney General, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, and the Department of Social Services are also among the departments affected by disruptions.

The Prime Minister’s and Cabinet Department and the Prime Minister’s Office said they are not using iSentia, while the Home Office said it was aware of the incident but did not confirm that it is using the services.

Media monitoring services are used by a number of Australian government departments to turn the internet into digestible summaries for discussion and media related to their department.

Reports and warnings are then made available to media teams and senior management to inform them of the big issues affecting their area of ​​interest.

To provide these services, media monitoring services require the contact details of a number of department employees, including executives, as well as potentially sensitive information about strategic priorities. It is not yet known whether these details were captured by the attackers.

An investigation is currently underway by “leading external cyber security specialists” hired by iSentia to confirm the extent of the incident.

“ISentia is taking urgent steps to contain the incident and conduct a full investigation into what has happened and how to avoid recurrence in the future,” said Ed Harrison, CEO of iSentia.

“Our priority is to restore full service as quickly as possible. Until then, however, we have to set up processes to support our customers. ”

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