5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

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Let these tech stories help you get through Wednesday:

1. A massive cyberattack spread through the world overnight, forcing some European companies to send staff home. The attack, dubbed Petya or GoldenEye, is reminiscent of the WannaCry epidemic last month that infected 99 countries. The federal government’s cybersecurity spokesperson Dan Tehan warned Australian businesses to up their defences in the wake of the latest attack, which has brought down big organisations like Merck and ad giant WPP.

2. Netflix has blamed the new GST enforcement on digital goods for a price hike on all its plans this morning. But they have all gone up by more than 10%, suggesting it has taken the opportunity to take a bit more from subscribers for its own bottom line as well. Read more on the price rise here.

3. Australian fintech startups are happy this morning. The latest EY report is showing the country is now coming 5th in the world for adoption of financial technologies, showing that Australians are open to adopting tech that will make their financial lives easier. The ranking outperforms traditional tech and finance powerhouses like Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and USA. Read more here.

4. Graphic design software tech startup Canva is taking on a very old-world industry. The company launched its Canva Print service today, allowing users to print their designs with one click and have it delivered to their door within four days. Read more on how it plans to kill the likes of Officeworks and Kinko’s.

5. Google has been hit with a record €2.4 billion fine by the European Union. The tech giant has lost an antitrust case for promoting its own shopping service above the search results of alternative merchants. Read more here.

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