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Local TV Programming Disrupted as Sinclair Hit by Ransomware Attack

Local TV Programming Disrupted as Sinclair Hit by Ransomware Attack

10/18/2021 3:37:00 PM

Local TV Programming Disrupted as Sinclair Hit by Ransomware Attack

Sinclair , which owns 184 stations, said Monday that 'the event has caused — and may continue to cause — disruption to parts of the company’s business.'

Sinclair is one of the largest owners oflocal TVstations in the U.S., operating 184 stations in 86 markets. The incident began on Sunday, with a source saying that emails and corporate phone lines were also taken down, complicating the incident further.

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“On October 17, 2021, the Company identified that certain servers and workstations in its environment were encrypted with ransomware, and that certain office and operational networks were disrupted. Data also was taken from the Company’s network,” Sinclair said in a statement early Monday morning. “The Company is working to determine what information the data contained and will take other actions as appropriate based on its review.”

The company has also retained the services of a cybersecurity forensic firm and has notified law enforcement and government officials.The ongoing disruption, which also kicked some NFL games off the air on Sunday, is likely to have an impact on the company’s businesses, though Sinclair could not immediately determine whether or not it would be a material impact. headtopics.com

“While the Company is focused on actively managing this security event, the event has caused – and may continue to cause – disruption to parts of the Company’s business, including certain aspects of its provision of local advertisements by its local broadcast stations on behalf of its customers,” the company added in its statement. “The Company is working diligently to restore operations quickly and securely.”

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