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Friday, November 26, 2021

CBS6 in Niskayuna likely affected by ransomware attack

Local TV station CBS6-WRGB, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group in the metropolitan area, appears to have been hit by a ransomware attack that disrupted the entire network of the national TV station operator over the weekend and Monday. Sinclair is one of the largest TV operators in the country with 185 TV channels in 86 markets.

As early as 5 a.m. Sunday morning, CBS6 experienced intermittent interruptions to its Niscayune office, including telephone and Wi-Fi, an outside news producer said Monday. The news producer, who did not want to be named, said the temporary disruptions were still ongoing, but the local station might be broadcasting. The main CBS6 phone line was disconnected on Monday.

Vincent Nelson, Vice President and General Manager of WRGB and WCWN, did not comment on the situation other than to provide the following written statement to The Daily Gazette: “Sinclair Broadcast Group recently identified a cybersecurity incident related to our network,” Nelson wrote. “As a result of the incident, some devices were encrypted with ransomware, the data was taken from our environment and some business operations were disrupted. “

Karen Male, assistant director of news at CBS6, said on a cell phone Monday that she could no longer comment on the violation and its impact on the local partner station.

Sinclair Corporate Office Confirms Ransomware Attack in Monday News Release… In the post, Sinclair said he had identified and launched an investigation into the October 16 cybersecurity incident. The next day, Sinclair discovered “certain servers and workstations in his environment, encrypted with ransomware,” and that some office and operational networks were disrupted, according to the release. The report also said that the data was taken from Sinclair’s network, but the company is still working on defining the specifics. The report said Sinclair collaborated with law enforcement and other government agencies in the investigation.

According to the report, the company is still determining the full impact of the hack.

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