Latest Round of Cyberattacks Targets TV News Stations

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At least two television news stations had their operations disrupted Thursday by what appeared to be a targeted ransomware attack, according to media reports.

The outlets WFTV in Orlando, Fla., and WPXI in Pittsburgh, both owned by Cox Media Group, which owns TV and radio stations in multiple media markets, were offline Thursday, NBC News reported.

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“This morning we were told to shut down everything and log out our emails to ensure nothing spread. According to my friends at affiliate stations, we shut things down in time to be safe and should be back up and running soon,” a Cox employee said, according to The Record, a company security website.

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