The Guardian Newspaper Appears To Have Been Pwned By Ransomware

This must be a weird experience. The Guardian which is one of the U.K.’s biggest newspapers is reporting that they have been likely pwned by ransomware:

The Guardian has been hit by a serious IT incident, which is believed to be a ransomware attack.

The incident began late on Tuesday night and has affected parts of the company’s technology infrastructure, with staff told to work from home.

There has also been some disruption to behind-the-scenes services.

Online publishing is largely unaffected, with stories continuing to be written and published to the Guardian website and app.

The company said it was confident it could still produce Thursday’s print newspaper.

At least they are reporting about their own issues and not hiding anything from what I can tell. That’s better than most companies who don’t come anywhere near that level of transparency.

Dr. Darren Williams, CEO and Founder of BlackFog had this commentary:

     “As we head into the holiday season and people start to take well-deserved time off, an increase in cyberattacks is unfortunately expected. Cybercriminals certainly don’t take a break over the holiday season, as is evident by today’s news about the Guardian. While there are many unknowns about the suspected ransomware attack on the Guardian, we can be confident that data exfiltration was the motive for the attackers. While we are glad to hear the publishers will continue to operate and publish the paper in the run up to the holidays, it’s the aftermath of the cyberattack that is cause for concern. With virtually all new attacks focusing on data exfiltration to extract valuable data for extortion, the damage is often unknown for quite some time. We may be well into the New Year before we know the extent of the fallout.”

It will be interesting to see if that transparency continues and The Guardian tells the world how it was hit and how extensive the pwnage was. Stay tuned to this space.

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