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Petya cyberattack: Cadbury factory the first Australian business hit by ransomware

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Production at Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Hobart has stopped after its parent company found itself engulfed in the ransomware cyberattack that has spread through the US and Europe.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union’s Tasmanian secretary, John Short, said production was stopped about 9.30pm on Tuesday after computers stopped working at the factory, which is owned by the Spanish food company Mondelez.

The “Petya” ransomware has caused serious disruption at companies such as the advertising giant WPP, the Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft and the French construction materials company Saint-Gobain.

Ransomware attack comes to Tasmania.

This is what Cadbury's Hobart computers look like since 9:30pm ransomware pic.twitter.com/tZIC16oQNH

The legal firm DLA Piper, Danish shipping and transport giant AP Moller-Maersk and Heritage Valley Health System, which runs hospitals and care facilities in Pittsburgh, also said their systems had been hit by the malware.

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