Sinclair Broadcast Group hacked in ransomware attack

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns and operates native TV stations throughout the nation, mentioned Monday it had found over the weekend that a few of its methods had been “encrypted with ransomware.”

Some information was additionally taken from the corporate’s community, in keeping with the assertion. Sinclair continues to work to revive its methods and examine the scope of the attack and says a few of its operations, “together with sure facets of its provision of native ads by its native broadcast stations on behalf of its prospects,” are nonetheless being affected.

The corporate says it owns, operates, or supplies providers to 185 TV stations throughout 86 markets. It’s confronted criticism and mockery over time for the conservative viewpoint it brings to native information, together with generally requiring native broadcasters throughout the nation to read scripted editorials espousing a selected viewpoint. One such script notoriously called upon anchors throughout the nation to denounce “biased and pretend information” at different retailers.

In its assertion, Sinclair mentioned it’s too quickly to say if the ransomware attack can have “a fabric influence on its enterprise, operations or monetary outcomes.”