12 Dec 2023

Lobbying firm Senate affected by ransomware attack

From Morning Report, 7:51 am on 12 December 2023

A public relations and lobbying firm given access to sensitive Commerce Commission documents was affected by a ransomware attack.

Wellington lobbying firm Senate had access to secret documents as it worked on communication strategies for commission projects such as competition issues in the grocery, energy and building supplies sectors.

Documents obtained by RNZ under the Official Information Act (OIA) show Senate's IT provider suffered a cyber attack and files were stolen by hackers. 

Guyon Espiner has the story.