13 Oct 2020

Spy agency boss on criminal cyber attacks

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 13 October 2020
Teenage Hacker Girl Attacks Corporate Servers in Dark, Typing on Red Lit Laptop Keyboard. Room is Dark

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Kathryn Ryan speaks with  GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton about the repeated cyber attacks targeting the NZX in August, which crashed the website and forced several halts in trading. MetService, Westpac, TSB, BNZ,  RNZ, Stuff and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts were also affected.

What do we know about the origin of the attacks, are international intelligence agencies any closer to tracking them down and what is the advice for companies and organisations issued with ransom demands?