The weather channel was hit Thursday by a ransomware attack, briefly interrupting a live television program, according to the newspaper. a Wall Street Journal report.
The attack came in the middle severe weather in the southeastern United States and knocked out the cable channel for over an hour. The FBI told Newspaper a ransomware attack was the source of the problem and the agency investigated.
"We had problems with this morning's live broadcast as a result of a malware attack on the network," the channel said. confirmed in a tweet incident, adding that "backup mechanisms" had allowed the channel to restore service. "We apologize for the inconvenience to viewers as we work to solve the problem," the tweet said.
Earlier in the day, the channel said he "had technical difficulties" with his live broadcast. In another tweet posted shortly after, the channel said it was "back live to inform you of the news of severe weather threats".
What hackers claimed in the attack is not clear, but ransomware, a type of malware used to extort money from targets, has become a major headache for businesses and governments. In one of the most devastating examples, a ransomware strain called WannaCry, supposed to have been developed by North KoreaSpread in the whole world in 2017. The attack finally touched computers in more than 150 countries.