Entercom encounters the second Cyber Attack in this year

Entercom, well known as a leading radio network of America was hit by a cyber attack in this Christmas season. And sources report that this happens to be the second attack on the Broadcasting Company in the year 2019.

 

The Pennsylvania based company which owns around 235 radio stations across 48 media markets in North America says that the recent attack has hit mostly the back office operations making the radio network broadcast recorded programs to fill in the outage.

 

Entercom which has over 170 million audiences says that the second attack was not as severe as the first one which occurred in September this year. The first happened to be a ransomware attack which brought in severe financial losses to the radio broadcaster.

 

Highly placed sources say that the recent attack took place on Sunday last week affecting backend servers and largely unaffecting on-air systems. And as a result of the connectivity disruption email communication, data file access and content access for digital platforms were reported to be severely impacted.

 

News is out that the ransomware attack which took place in September incurred severe losses to the radio station network as the hacker demanded $500,000 to restore access to the encrypted data. However, it is still unclear whether the Entercom Communication Corporation paid the threat actors the reported amount to restore data or used other means to free up the database from malware.

 

Note- At the same time in 2017, Entercom merged its Broadcasting assets with CBS Radio.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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