Oregon Cluster Hit By Ransomware Attacks | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

GCC Bend LLC, which operates its four stations in Bend OR as BackyardMedia, is the most recent broadcaster to be hit by a ransomware attack.

The stations are currently rebuilding their libraries and running commercial-free music sans imaging with the local hosts doing as much as they can.

In a message shared on each of their Facebook pages, General Manager Andy Hilmes wrote, “You may have noticed a slight difference in the sound of our radio station the last couple of days. That’s because foreign cyber terrorists took all of your favorite songs hostage and are demanding large sums of bitcoin to get it back. On top of that, they infected all of our programming computers that make your favorite station zing. Things like promotions, contests, and commercials – the way we pay our people – has all been frozen. We’re a local independent company…always have been… and we’re not paying them one single penny!

Instead, we’ll be rebuilding this station from the ground up. So for the next several weeks we may sound a little different than you’ve come to expect. We’ve already got your favorite music back up and running. We’re gonna be bragging about our awesome advertisers who are supporting us during this challenge. And you keep rocking! You all mean the most to us and you’re the reason we do it. Call, email, or hit us on social with your messages. Thanks so much for your support.”

GCC Bend owns Alternative “92/9 FM” KRXF Bend, CHR “Power 94” KXIX Sunriver, Classic Rock “100.7 The X” KMGX Bend, and Country 102.9 KSJJ Redmond OR.


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