The Guardian says ransomware attack compromised employees’ personal data

guard yes confirmed that it is victim of a ransomware attackand the damage is more serious than initially thought. In an update to staff, Guardian team leader Anna Bateson and newspaper editor-in-chief Katharine Viner said the December attack was “very sophisticated” and accessed the personal data of UK employees. There is no evidence that data has been exposed online or that intruders have compromised the data of readers or non-UK publications.

Bateson and Viner understand that this is a “criminal” ransomware campaign and that the perpetrators did not target guard as a means of communication. The newspaper informed both the police as well as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. The leaders failed to identify the suspected perpetrator.

The consequences of the cyberattack have gotten worse. When guard While currently expecting some critical systems to be back up and running within two weeks, workers won’t be back in the office until early February. That will give the IT team more time to restore the infrastructure, the outlet said. Employees have largely worked from home since the attack was discovered on December 20, but they were initially only asked to stay out of the office for the rest of that week.

The company has continued to run online and print publications in the weeks since. Even so, this confirmation still makes this one of the more serious online security incidents to press in recent times. Fast company beaten offline in eight days early last fall, while New York Post Office fall prey to a rogue employee many weeks later. guard still dealing with the aftermath of the ransomware more than three weeks later and won’t be back to normal for a while.

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