The Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company of dozens of news channels in the United States, was hit by ransomware over the weekend.
Sinclair said in a press release Monday morning that hackers used ransomware to encrypt some of their main operating servers, render them unusable and steal some data.
“[T]The event caused – and may continue to cause – a disruption in parts of the company’s operations, including certain aspects of the delivery of local advertising by its local broadcasters on behalf of its customers, ”the statement said.
News of the attack was first reported by The Record, a media company owned by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
Ransomware has become a lucrative tool for cyber criminals, who often attack American companies remotely and extort money from them. Most now choose to lock victims’ computers as well as steal their data and threaten to leak it if they are not paid.
Several servers and workstations were infected with the Sinclair ransomware …