Coalition confirms Australian business affected by global malware attack

Dan Tehan says the government received reports of the private sector being impacted but not commonwealth organisations

An Australian business has fallen victim to a global malware attack and there are investigations into two other reports, the federal government says.

The so-called ransomware has wormed its way into thousands of computer systems in an apparent extortion plot, shutting users out unless they coughed up a payment.

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