British newspaper The Guardian says it’s been hit by ransomware
The Guardian, a British newspaper, has confirmed that its systems were affected by an “serious IT event,” which it believes is likely. ransomware attack.
The Guardian, whose media editor is First to report the incidentAccording to a spokesperson, the incident occurred late Tuesday night and has had an impact on parts of the company’s IT infrastructure.
“There has been an incident that has severely affected our IT network, systems and networks in the last 24hrs,” Guardian Media Group chief executive Anna Bateson said to Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian Media Group: “We believe this is a ransomware attacker but we continue to consider all options.”
According to the publisher, there is disruption to its “behind-the scenes” services. Employees have been instructed to work remotely for the remainder of the week. The company claims that online publishing is not affected at all, and that it is “confident” that it can still produce Thursday’s print newspaper.
The attack’s details are still vague. It’s not clear how The Guardian’s systems were compromised or whether data was stolen. Ransomware actors Usually, they infiltrate and then threaten to publish Without payment of a ransom demand, victims’ personal data will be destroyed.
It is also unclear who is behind this attack. The incident has not yet been claimed by any major ransomware organization.
TechCrunch reached out to The Guardian via email. A spokesperson for the Guardian declined to answer TechCrunch’s questions.
Cyberattacks have become a regular target for news organizations. Hackers broke into the systems of U.S. business publications in September. Fast Company will send offensive push notifications Apple News users
The New York Post is also available Confirmed It was hacked in October. The company later claimed that the “unauthorized conduct” was caused by a rogue employee, but declined to provide any evidence to support that claim.
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