A segment from North Coast News’ last broadcast on Friday before the ransomware attack.
A ransomware attack against telecommunications giant Sinclair Broadcasting Group may affect future broadcasts from local ABC news affiliate North Coast News TV and its sister station KRCR in Redding.
Sinclair stated in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing today that the cybersecurity attack was discovered on Saturday, and that the company was still in the early stages of its investigation.
“On [Sunday], the Company identified that certain servers and workstations in its environment were encrypted with ransomware, and that certain office and operational networks were disrupted,” the filing states. “Data also was taken from the Company’s network. The Company is working to determine what information the data contained and will take other actions as appropriate based on its review.”
North Coast News Director Nazy Javid was unable to comment on the situation. However, both North Coast News and KRCR released statements on social media yesterday, informing viewers of “technical difficulties” — a phrase used by many Sinclair stations affected by the cybersecurity attack.
The Outpost reached out to the General Manager of Sinclair’s Northern California stations Teansie Garfield to learn if North Coast News or KRCR broadcasts would be affected today. The Outpost has not immediately received a response.
“While the Company is focused on actively managing this security event, the event has caused — and may continue to cause — disruption to parts of the Company’s business, including certain aspects of its provision of local advertisements by its local broadcast stations on behalf of its customers,” the Sinclair filing states. “The Company is working diligently to restore operations quickly and securely.”
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