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The Guardian confirms ransomware attack, staff data accessed by hackers | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


The Guardian confirms it was hit by ransomware attack. (Image Credits: The Guardian)

The Guardians editor-in-chief and The Guardian Media Groups chief executive confirmed the news

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  • They described the incident as a “highly sophisticated cyber-attack”.
  • The attack on The Guardian was detected on December 20, 2023.
  • Now the British media firm has confirmed it was a ransomware attack.

British newspaper The Guardian has confirmed that it was hit by a ransomware attack in December last year. The publication also confirmed that hackers were able to access the personal data of UK staff.

The Guardians editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and The Guardian Media Groups chief executive Anna Bateson confirmed the news in an update emailed to staff on January 11, 2023.

They described the incident as a highly sophisticated cyber-attack involving unauthorised third-party access to parts of our network. It was believed to be triggered by a phishing attempt. In such an attack the victim is tricked, often via email, into downloading malware on their system.

The Guardian said that it informed the UK police and The Information Commissioner’s Office (UK’s data watchdog) about the attack. It said that it has been using external experts to gauge the extent of the attack and to recover its systems.

The publication added that it did not find evidence to believe that the personal data of readers and subscribers was accessed in the attack. It said that the personal data of Guardian US and Guardian Australia staff was not accessed either.

The attack on The Guardian was detected on December 20, 2023, and affected parts of the companys technology infrastructure.

Viner and Bateson said, “We believe this was a criminal ransomware attack, and not the specific targeting of The Guardian as a media organisation.”

“These attacks have become more frequent and sophisticated in the past three years, against organisations of all sizes, and kinds, in all countries,” they added. “We have seen no evidence that any data has been exposed online thus far and we continue to monitor this very closely.”

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