On October 16, Sinclair Broadcast Group identified and began investigating what it described as a potential security incident. On October 17, the company discovered that its servers had been encrypted with ransomware. Data had also been taken from the company’s network.
Although the investigation is ongoing, officials said that this likely impacted three TV stations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Portland, Oregon. As of the time of publication, the stations are still on-air broadcasting news content.
At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that our operations were interrupted by this event. However, we are working swiftly to get back on track quickly and securely.
It is worth noting that none of our other stations or offices has reported any problems. The event is also not affecting any other company properties.
The Sinclair Broadcast Group said that it is too early to determine what this will have on business operations and how it will impact its future guidance. However, it did note that this may cause disruptions in some aspects of their business, such as advertising by their local broadcast stations for customers.
The company said that it is working with cybersecurity experts to investigate what happened. It also reported the matter to law enforcement, which are taking steps to determine who is responsible for this cyber attack.
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