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Cyber attack shuts down NT businesses

Dominic LipinskiPA Wire

At least a dozen Australian businesses have been crippled by the malicious ransomware computer bug that has claimed more than 200,000 victims around the world.

The federal government has confirmed 12 reported cases in Australia of the 'WannaCry' software.

Four private businesses in Darwin and Alice Springs have suffered "significant impact", Northern Territory Police said, with some still prevented from operating.

The government wouldn't reveal details of the other affected businesses.

Some experts believe the ransomware - which blocks access to data until a ransom is paid - has links to North Korea.

"The ransomware incident highlights the need for all businesses to ensure that their systems are up-to-date with the most current patches and they have back-up procedures in place," Detective Sergeant Craig Windebank said.

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