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Wool sales in Australia have been halted until next week after the main provider of software to the industry was hit by Windows ransomware.

The Ozdocs/Talman group, which has been the software supplier to the industry in both Australia and New Zealand since 1976, said through its chief executive, Dr Pramod Pandey, that work to restore the sales database had been going on since Wednesday.

Talman has no information on its website about the attack. Dr Pandey told the Sheep Central website that new infrastructure would be used for the rebuilt database.

“We are creating a new infrastructure altogether with the assistance of our friends such as AWEX," he was quoted as saying.

“We have pooled all the resources from industry and we are making sure that we do not go to the infected environment.”

Dr Pandey said the attack had not been reported to the police and that Talman's insurer would deal with that aspect of things.

The Australian Wool Exchange will be unable to hold any sales until Monday.

David Cother, secretary of the National Auction Selling Committee, told the Farm Online website that Talman had advised that this week's sales be cancelled.

Electronic catalogues would not be available until the system was in place again. Software is used for collating test data, cataloguing and valuations.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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