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The Guardian newspaper hacked in suspected ransomware attack

By Duncan Riley for SiliconANGLE
Thursday, December 22, 2022

The Register arguably described the situation accurately when it said that a failure to publish the print edition would result in “tears in the quinoa.” The form of ransomware has not been disclosed.

“Based on the currently available information, the alleged ransomware incident does not look like a targeted attack, as the victim will unlikely have a huge budget to pay a ransom,” Dr. Ilia Kolochenko, founder of information technology security company ImmuniWeb SA and a member of Europol Data Protection Experts Network, told SiliconANGLE. “However, we cannot exclude that foreign political forces or organized crime are pulling the strings to perfidiously silence the media or put pressure on The Guardian under the false flag of a ransomware attack.”

Karen Crowley, director of solutions at cybersecurity firm Deep Instinct Ltd., said that attacks such as this can devastate an organization at all levels, reinforcing the need for solutions to prevent incoming threats before they hit servers. “Media organizations have a responsibility to implement proactive measures that enable them to stay ahead of attackers,” she said. Read Full Article

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