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Australia’s Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

Even as the attack was pre-anticipated the hack couldn't be stopped

Australia has been under continuous cyberattacks after having increased political tensions with China. The recent incident happened when The countries Lion brewery and dairy conglomerate was attacked the second time.

It wasn’t the first time, “it had been hit by a second cyberattack that had further disrupted its IT systems.”

“The company is now focusing on defense efforts over restoration from the previous attack, its chief executive officer Stuart Irvine told employees during the briefing,” said the newspaper, citing a source who had listened to the call.

The second attack was “anticipated,” and Lion’s IT security bods of choice, Accenture, are said to be examining it. Earlier on June 19, 2020. Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed that Australia’s public sector was under attack – and while he was unable to declare who was responsible behind the attack, weeks of Chinese diplomatic warlike behavior means the world is already pointing fingers.

The Register recently reported that China “recently took offense at Australia’s call for an international inquiry into the source of the COVID-19 pandemic and appears to have retaliated with new trade disputes and advice that its citizens should not visit Australia as tourists or students,” in a tit-for-tat move.

The company’s spokeswoman said in an interview: “Our IT teams and expert cyber advisors are working around the clock, investigating the issue and assessing how long the impacts will continue. Our focus is on bringing systems back online safely so we can resume our business as usual manufacturing and customer services. This is taking some time, but we must work through this properly.”

The firm refused to comment on reports which claimed of an $800,000 equivalent ransomware demand, to be fulfilled in the Monero cryptocurrency.

Image credit: brewsnews.com.au

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