The weather channel's Atlanta headquarters were hit by ransomware yesterday, April 18, and the station's live TV broadcast was interrupted for 90 minutes.
The incident occurred around 6:00 am, local time when the TV station's daily morning show AMHQ flow declined in minutes, before being replaced by re-runs of Heavy Rescue.
During that time, Weather Weather Channel's IT staff affected computers from backups, but the entire process took 90 minutes before the TV station was able to get back on air with its regular programming.
Contrary to popular belief that no one is watching the Weather Channel anymore, so many users immediately find that something was wrong.
After hundreds of user requests on Twitter and Facebook, the TV station confirmed that it was the victim of a "malicious cyber attack," but did not give out any other details.
The weather channel did not respond to requests for comments from ZDNet last night on the nature of the incident; But Atlanta's local television station 11Alive reported that the company's headquarters had been exposed to a ransomware infection, which was the source of live broadcast.
Today, The Wall Street Journal confirmed 11Alive's report, referring to sources with the Federal Bureau of the investigation that said they were investigating the TV station's faults as a ransomware event.
This event again shows that no one is safe from ransomware infections. While ransomware writers most of the time target home users, local communities, schools, or healthcare institutions, ransomware gangs will not deny any vulnerable network if they find it.
The best example of this happened earlier this week when it was extreme In the case of irony ransomware, the internal network of Verint infected a known company for information security and threat.
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