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Norway’s Second Largest Media Group Paralyzed by Ransomware Attack

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Amedia, Norway’s second-largest media group, has been the victim of a devastating ransomware attack.

 

For example, as of today/Wednesday, the printed editions of the group’s local newspapers can no longer be published. It is unclear how long the problems will last. Amedia said on Tuesday that it had been the target of a serious computer attack.

On Wednesday, it was said that the perpetrators of the cyberattack are demanding a ransom to return control of the hacked servers.

“This is a very classic ransomware attack, where the intruders have penetrated some of our servers, encrypted our data and left a business card that usually leads to a ransom demand,” said the group’s IT director, Pål Nedregoths.

The attack, which took place on the night of Monday to Tuesday, did not affect the group’s online editions but did prevent the publication of print newspapers, the group said in a statement. Amedia, which has about 100 titles, is currently looking for a stopgap solution to be able to reprint the newspapers.

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