Sinclair Broadcast Group suffers ransomware attack, the latest affecting media

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Oct 18, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

Sinclair Broadcast Group, a major television news and media provider, confirmed Monday that it was the victim of a ransomware attack that “disrupted” some office and operational networks.

The attack apparently caused widespread technical difficulties and made it difficult for some stations to go on the air. Attackers also data from the company’s network, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

The Maryland-based company began to investigate the attack on Saturday, Oct. 16, and by Sunday “identified that certain servers and workstations in its environment were encrypted with ransomware,” the company said in the filing. The incident comes after separate extortion events affected television stations owned by Cox Media Group, while attackers also have struck small newspapers in the U.S.

“We are working diligently to address the incident and to restore operations quickly and securely,” the company said in a statement. “As we work to complete the investigation, we will look for opportunities to enhance our existing security measures. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this incident.”

Sinclair is the second-largest TV station operator in the U.S., and owns or operates 21 regional sports

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