Petya ransomware attacks Cadbury: Factory shuts down

Andrew Cummings
June 29, 2017

The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union's Tasmanian secretary, John Short, said production stopped about 9.30pm on Tuesday after computers stopped working at the factory, which is owned by the Spanish food company Mondelez.

Mondelez, the Spanish food giant that owns the Cadbury chocolate factory in Hobart, and worldwide law firm DLA Piper, which has offices across Australia, both said their global IT systems had been brought down.

"In talking to people, it appears all the computers had gone down and the employees are now set to cleaning duties", he said.

In addition, Australian staff from global law firm DLA Piper have been told the local offices were the victim of a "major cyber incident", according to the ABC.

Australian Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan said the attack, a month after the similar WannaCry attack, was "a wake-up call to all Australian businesses to regularly back up their data and install the latest security patches".

Tehan said Australia is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the Five Eyes, an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US. Cadbury's chocolate factory was attacked by the stubborn malware.

The government said it will continue to provide updates on this issue.

The attack affected many high-profile companies across the world, including shipping giant Maersk, and the Chernobyl nuclear reactor radiation monitoring system.

Mike Sentonas, regional vice president of USA cybersecurity company CrowdStrike Inc, said it was unclear how many Australian computers were affected by the latest attack but "what is different about this ransomware is its ability to spread, even if a computer has been patched".

The hacks have hit Ukraine especially hard, with a number of banks and companies, including the state power distributor hit, disrupting some operations.

Cyber security company, Bitdefender, confirmed in a blog post that the GoldenEye / Petya ransomware leverages the EternalBlue exploit to spread from one computer to another.

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