News Beyond Markets | Why are ransomware attacks a pressing national security issue?

After long break, Australia has started World Cup qualification 'from scratch'. Yes that’s correct, nearly 18 months without an international match, Australia's World Cup qualification cranks back into gear on Thursday.

The team to have a clash against Kuwait in the Gulf state and a clean slate for players to cement their positions. Unbeaten in their first four qualifiers before the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2020 schedule, the 'Socceroos' are top of Asia's Group B. They are also well placed to advance to the next phase ahead of four matches in 10 days in Kuwait City.  Moving on to the next news coming in that Former Australia captain Mark Milligan will retire at the end of the A-League season and move into coaching at Macarthur FC. Well, The Sydney club said that Milligan will join Ante Milicic's staff as an assistant next season. See, The well-travelled defensive midfielder retired from international football at the end of 2019 and returned home to Australia last year to captain expansion side Macarthur in its inaugural season.

And now, Moving on to update coming in from the recent ransomware attack on meat producers. Brazil's JBS SA told the U.S. government that a ransomware attack on the company that disrupted meat production in North America and Australia originated from a criminal organization likely based in Russia. JBS is the world's largest meatpacker.

It said on Tuesday night it had made "significant progress in resolving the cyberattack." Moving on to another news update for New Zealanders. A fierce debate over proposals to ban new natural gas connections from 2025, given that gas is a hugely popular, safe, reliable and affordable energy source for New Zealanders has raised concerns. Around 400,000 New Zealand homes and businesses choose natural gas for heating and cooking.

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