Live news broadcasts on many Cox Media stations were affected by an alleged ransomware attack, which interrupted TV and radio broadcasts.
A number of Cox Media-owned TV and radio stations were closed on Thursday, June 3, and many radio stations remain unavailable online. The Cox Media Group has not made an official comment, but reports claim that the media conglomerate has been targeted with ransomware.
According to media publication The record, which regularly reports ransomware attacks, the the incident took only Cox live streams. The company’s websites were not otherwise affected.
“This morning we were told to shut everything down and disconnect our emails to make sure nothing is spreading,” said an anonymous Cox employee. The record. “According to my friends at the affiliate stations, we shut things down on time for safety and should be up and running again soon.”
The blackout affected other companies that relay Cox’s live broadcasts, such as Hulu. In response to complaints from viewers on Twitter, Hulu support said “there is currently an issue with the stream” which was under investigation.
The record also cite two tweets from Cox hosts Brent Martineau and Will Bradley, which referred to the incident. Bradley’s said the live news was not being broadcast “due to a reported cyber attack.”
However, Bradley and Martineau’s tweets have since been deleted.
The Cox Media Group owns 57 radio and television stations across the United States. Appleinsider can confirm that at least several TV stations are re-broadcasting live, but all Cox radio stations tested remain unavailable.
There is no indication of who is behind the alleged ransomware attack, nor what methods were used. However, it comes after the US federal government warned of an increase in ransomware exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange.
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