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United States – Cox Media Group

Exploit: Ransomware

Cox Media Group: TV & Radio Station Operator

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Risk to Business: 1.227= Extreme

A number of TV and radio stations around the US went dark briefly after a suspected ransomware attack on parent company Cox Media Group. Stations impacted included News9, WSOC, WSB, WPXI, KOKI, and almost all Cox radio stations. The Cox Media Group owns 57 radio and TV stations across 20 US markets. Internal networks and live streaming capabilities for other Cox media properties, such as web streams and mobile apps, were also impacted in the June 35r event. Service was quickly restored and the event is under investigation.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information has been declared compromised in this incident and the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Ransomware attacks against strategic targets like this are becoming all too common as ransomware gangs seek to cause maximum buzz for maximum profit.