Financial Review makes all articles free to read after cyber attack

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) has announced Monday evening that it has made all articles available to read without logging in as a result of the cyber attack on parent company Nine that occurred on Sunday morning.

In a note to AFR subscribers, editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury and editor Paul Bailey wrote that, “To minimise disruption for subscribers while we work to restore our systems, all of our articles have been made available to read without logging in.”

The note confirmed that access to subscriber-only features had now been restored, which included Today’s Paper, Newsfeed, recently read, saved articles, markets data and company pages.

Stutchbury and Bailey also revealed that there was currently limited access to print production systems and the AFR was unable to use new photographs or create graphics. They apologised for the disruption.

Part of the note to subscribers

The impact of the cyber attack on Nine’s new North Sydney headquarters was expected to be felt for days. In a note to staff, Nine’s head of people and culture, Vanessa Morley, said: “As a result of the cyber-attack and the urgency to ensure systems are functioning properly, Nine has requested that all staff in all markets work from home until further notice. The broadcaster expects there to still be disruptions for staff who have to work from the office.”

Government cyber security agency, The Australian Cyber Security Centre, has offered Nine assistance with investigating the attack.

While some outlets have reported it as a ransomware attack, Nine publications have reported the business has not received any demands.


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