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Sinclair Broadcast Group experienced a cyber attack that knocked broadcasts offline

Exploit: Ransomware

Sinclair Broadcast Group: Television Station Operator

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Risk to Business: 1.227 = Extreme

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the operator of 184 tv stations in 86 US markets, experienced a cyberattack last week that knocked broadcasts offline. The disruption was extensive, knocking local news broadcasts and syndicated programs offline. In some markets, NFL Sunday broadcasts were also disrupted. An unspecified amount of data was also stolen from the company’s network.

Individual Impact: No consumer PII or financial data loss was disclosed in this breach as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Locking down networks and production lines to cause operational disruption is the name of the game for many ransomware groups in order to force a speedy ransom payment.

Source: The Cyberwire