Sinclair Broadcast Group says ransomware incident not 'fully resolved' weeks after breach

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Nov 3, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

The ransomware attack on conservative broadcasting giant Sinclair is still causing problems, the company reported in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday.

Noting that the investigation is ongoing, the notice reports that the Oct. 17 intrusion “has not yet been fully resolved, and certain disruptions to … business and operations remain.” The full extent of the impact on Sinclair’s “business, operations and financial results is not known at the present time.”

Employees of the Maryland-based company — which is the second-largest broadcast company in the U.S., owning or operating 185 television stations in 85 markets, multiple national networks, and 21 regional sports network brands — reported at the time that the attack had caused “major technical problems” and made it difficult for some stations to get on the air. The company also reported that hackers had taken data in the attack.

“Our employees’ quick response and creative workarounds have helped us restore a significant portion of our systems,” Chris Ripley, the company’s president and CEO, said in the filing. “As we work to complete our investigation, we will look for opportunities to enhance our existing security measures.”

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