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‘Curveball’ cyber attack leaves Australian TV networks in the dark

An example of the knock-on effects of a cyber attack. The ratings agency in Australia has been the victim of a ransomware attack which means shows won’t know their ratings until the system is back up…:

“I’m unaware of the details surrounding the Nielsen attack but it follows several other high-profile ransomware attacks in Australia this year, which is a concerning trend. What it really illustrates is that even when the world is in the grip of a pandemic cyber criminals can operate effectively – they don’t even need to leave home.”

TV Tonight website editor David Knox described the attack as “a curveball nobody needed” given Australia’s broadcasting industry has already suffered a pandemic-driven slump in advertising revenue.

On Sunday, Nine (the owner of this masthead) will launch the 2020 season of Australian Ninja Warrior against the debut episode of Farmer Wants A Wife on Seven. Both programs will compete with 10’s Bachelor in Paradise, which began airing last week.

“Television is a numbers game and millions of dollars are spent every day by advertisers reliant on performance measures,” Mr Knox said.“These three big-budget shows [are] now at risk of no immediate figures. If this drags on or compounds it could be catastrophic to the industry.”

But he speculated the delay could result in a “curious upside”.

“It harks back to the old ‘[paper] diary system’, where shows would have to wait six weeks before any numbers were delivered,” he said. “That allowed some shows to build an audience, and a little network faith, rather than see the axe fall within days of launching.”


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Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.

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