U.S. TV station operator Sinclair hit by ransomware attack

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October 18, 2021

(Reuters) – US television operator Sinclair Broadcast Group said on Monday that it discovered that some of its servers and workstations were encrypted with ransomware, disrupting its office network.

Sinclair said he was investigating what information ransomware had affected and notified law enforcement and other government agencies.

Ransom software works by encrypting victims’ data, including locking down corporate networks and stealing data. Hackers typically provide keys to victims in exchange for cryptocurrency payments that can amount to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

As ransomware attacks on businesses become more frequent, President Joe Biden makes cybersecurity a top priority and coordinates with other countries to combat threats.

The Colonial Pipeline was hit by a devastating cyberattack earlier this year, cutting fuel supplies for almost a week and running out of fuel at thousands of gas stations in the southeastern United States.

Sinclair, the operator of the second largest television station in the United States, said a ransomware attack could disrupt advertising by local broadcasters, and whether the company currently has a significant impact on its business or financial results. Said he couldn’t judge.

(Report by Uday Sampath in Bangalore; edited by Lisa Shumaker)

U.S. TV station operator Sinclair hit by ransomware attack

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