The UK’s The Guardian has confirmed that its systems have been hit by a “serious IT incident”, which they believe is likely to be a serious one. ransomware attack.
The Guardian, whose media editor is Report the incident firstsaid the problem began late Tuesday and has affected part of the company’s IT infrastructure.
Guardian Media Group CEO Anna Bateson and editor-in-chief Katharine Viner said: “There has been a serious outage affecting our network and IT systems over the past 24 hours. a ransomware attack but is continuing to consider all possibilities.”
As a result, the publisher said it is experiencing disruptions to “behind-the-scenes” services and that employees have been asked to work remotely for the rest of the week. However, the company said that online publishing was largely unaffected, adding that it was “confident” that it would still be able to produce print on Thursday.
Other details of the attack remain hazy, and it’s unclear how The Guardian’s systems were compromised, whether data was stolen or whether it received a ransom demand. ransomware actor usually filtered out then threatened to publish personal data of the victim unless the ransom demand is paid.
It’s also unclear who was behind the attack, and the incident doesn’t appear to have been confirmed by any major ransomware group.
When contacted by email, a spokesperson for The Guardian – who declined to give their names – would not respond to TechCrunch’s questions.
The surrounding news organizations have become frequent targets of cyberattacks. In September, hackers breached the internal systems of the US business publication Fast company sending annoying push notifications for Apple News users.
The New York Post also confirmed that it was hacked in October. However, the company later claimed that a rogue employee was responsible for “authorized conduct,” but declined to say what evidence the newspaper had to prove it. demonstrate that the employee is responsible.