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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 10:15

Latest ransomware: Cadbury, DLA Piper, TNT take a hit Featured

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The local outlet of US law firm DLA Piper, Cadbury's factory in Tasmania and TNT Express are three Australian entities which have been hit by the latest Windows ransomware attack that began in Europe overnight and has spread to other parts of the globe.

DLA Piper took down its systems after the attack and posted a notice on its website saying: "We are currently dealing with a serious global cyber incident.

"We have taken down our systems as a precautionary measure which will mean you are currently unable to contact us by email or landline. Our people continue to be available on their usual mobile/cell phone numbers."

The ABC quoted an union official at the Cadbury facility in Claremont had stopped production at about 9.30pm AEDT on Tuesday.

The broadcaster said it had been supplied a photo showing a message on the computer screens at the factory saying:

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"If you see this text then your files are no longer accessible, because they have been encrypted.

"Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don't waste your time."

"Please follow the instructions: send $300 worth of bitcoin to the following address."

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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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