SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CYBER SECURITY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR GELLIBRAND
JBS CYBER ATTACK MAKES RANSOMWARE A BBQ STOPPER
The latest ransomware attack on JBS Foods has highlighted the important need for Australia to adopt a National Ransomware Strategy.
Ransomware went mainstream a fortnight ago when a ransomware attack shut down the critical Colonial Pipeline in the United States for six days. U.S. President Joe Biden was talking about it and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was talking about it.
This week, ransomware became a literal BBQ stopper yesterday when JBS Foods, Australia’s biggest meat and food processing company, was shut down by a ransomware attack.
2021 has seen an onslaught of ransomware attacks targeting Australian organisations which are increasing in scale, including the Nine Network and eight attacks on hospitals.
Ransomware is a jobs and investment destroyer at a time the Australian economy can least afford it. Labor has been calling for a National Ransomware Strategy that coordinates government action to reduce the volume of these attacks on Australia. But all the Morrison government does is blame the victims.
While there’s no silver bullet to combatting ransomware, doing nothing is not an answer.
This cyber BBQ stopper is a wakeup call for the Morrison Government to finally take responsibility and develop a National Ransomware Strategy.
TUESDAY, 1 JUNE 2021