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Sinclair Broadcast Group has confirmed that the media company was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend, saying that some operations were affected and data was stolen from its network.

Sinclair is one of the largest owners of television stations in the US, and several of its stations were shut down on Sunday, prompting journalists to explain on social media they were experiencing “technical issues”.

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The company on Monday released further details about the “cyber security incident,” which it began investigating Friday. The company noted that it had “identified that some servers and workstations in its environment were encrypted with ransomware, and that some office and operational networks were disrupted.”

Sinclair’s data was also taken away Network, the company said, “it was working to determine what information the data contained and based on its review, other action would be appropriate.”

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Ransomware attacks surge, increasing 93% every week

Ransomware attacks are a growing issue around the world amid a rise in criminal hacking operations demanding payment from their victims – sometimes up to millions of dollars.

Last week, the White House held a virtual event involving some 30 countries to address ways to combat the problem, saying ransomware payments could reach $400 million worldwide in 2020. and surpassed $81 million in the first quarter of 2021.

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Sinclair isn’t the only media company to fall victim to a ransomware attack in recent years.

The Associated Press noted that another major media group, Cox Media Group, recently said it was targeted in a similar episode earlier this year, and that the Weather Channel shut down following a ransomware attack in 2019. .

Granthshala Business’ Brooke Crowther contributed to this report.