The FBI is said to be investigating a ransomware attack that took a live television broadcast channel offline for an hour last week.
The Weather Channel was broadcasting live at around 6 a.m. local time last Thursday (April.18th) when the live broadcast went offline, forcing the channel to resort to a taped programme.
The Weather Channel
Live programming was interrupted for some 90 minutes.
The Weather Channel later confirmed that it had been hit by malicious software attacked and that the agency is currently investigating the issue.
“We experienced issues with this morning’s live broadcast following a malicious software attack on the network,” the channel confirmed in a tweet about the incident.
“We were able to restore live programming quickly through backup mechanisms. Federal law enforcement is actively investigating the issue. We apologise for any inconvenience to viewers as we work to resolve the matter.”
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the FBI confirmed a ransomware attack hit the network, but didn’t disclose any further details about the breach.
Ransomware attacks, which often spread via email attachments or through malicious links in emails, is designed to make computer systems inaccessible, with hackers often demanding a ransom payment to restore them.
Ransomware attacks have become increasingly common in recent years, with hackers extorting money from large corporations and governments.
In one of the most devastating examples, a strain of ransomware called WannaCry, believed to have been developed by North Korea, was released worldwide in 2017. The worldwide ransomware attack hit 200,000 computers in 150 countries.