PressReader witnesses cyber attack on its IT Infrastructure

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As soon as the Canada-based news resource ‘PressReader’ announced that it is going to allow news content access on its platform for free to Ukrainians, Russian intelligence seemed to have launched a cyberattack on the IT infrastructure of the Vancouver based company.

All international, local and regional content published on PressReader remained inaccessible to users since Thursday evening last week, disrupting the functioning of over 7,000 publications. And the IT Staff tried their best to bring back the operations to normalcy at the earliest.

Users searching with keywords such as The Guardian, Vogue, Forbes and the New York Times received a page crash message on the screen after they tried to access it from PCs and mobile devices.

It is believed that the disruption was created in such a way that none from the west could access the news related to Ukraine. As it would lead to more sanctions on the Putin-led nation.

Reports are in that the publishing systems of the company were brought back to normalcy by Sunday morning and could post all the fresh editions.

After Russia waged a war on Ukraine on February 24th,2022, most of the companies operating in the west pulled their operations and functions from Russia- as per the sanctions placed by Joe Biden, the President of the United States.

Security experts estimate that big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter need to bolster their defense-line against cyber attacks, as a precautionary measure. Since Kremlin is in a mood to launch cyber warfare on the governments supporting the Volodymyr Zelensky led nation.

 

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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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