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(Some Guy)   TV stations owned by Sinclair hit by a ransomware attack Sunday, knocking local programming off the air. Sinclair bosses to blame antifa, BLM, and liberals as soon as they learn what bitcoin is   (therecord.media) divider line
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2491 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 18 Oct 2021 at 2:10 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-10-17 8:14:44 PM  
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This needs to be a DAILY occurrence.  Fox, Brietbart, OAN too.
 
2021-10-17 8:35:59 PM  
Oh well. Anyway.
 
2021-10-17 8:41:16 PM  
Must not have been the ransomware that doesn't infect computers with Russian keyboards.
 
2021-10-17 8:49:39 PM  
Conflicted...
 
2021-10-17 8:50:40 PM  
Thank fark ETH is safe from them

/becuz smart contracts
 
2021-10-17 8:56:16 PM  
The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.
 
2021-10-17 8:58:35 PM  
No honor among thieves.
 
2021-10-17 9:04:02 PM  

Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.


"putting all your eggs in one basket"

Instead of separate domains for each station or a region.

If everything is on the same domain then when it goes down everything goes to crap.
 
2021-10-17 9:24:28 PM  
Soros
 
2021-10-17 9:51:39 PM  

Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.


Sinclair requires anchors to read script bashing 'fake' news
Youtube aGIYU2Xznb4
 
2021-10-17 10:33:13 PM  

Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.


Simplified: imagine every tv station using the same login server, and imagine that login server being compromised.  The login server dictates what programs run on each login/logout (both user and computer) and basically automatically grants domain admin accounts write access to all hard drives on any workstation/server that's part of the same domain.  Between it all, it's an incredibly insecure way of doing things and means just a single compromised domain-admin account can infect nearly everything that logs in.
 
2021-10-17 10:55:02 PM  
Couldn't have happened to a better group!
 
2021-10-18 12:01:48 AM  

null: Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.

"putting all your eggs in one basket"

Instead of separate domains for each station or a region.

If everything is on the same domain then when it goes down everything goes to crap.


There was the tale of Maersk getting hit and wiping out all of their AD controllers and backups.  Except one system somewhere in Africa(?) that was powered down when the attack happened.  Thus it was the only copy of everyone's account information.

From a sysadmin standpoint it makes sense to have one large domain across the entire organization as it's far easier to maintain over 20-30 domains.
 
2021-10-18 1:00:58 AM  
Too bad they didn't make all the stations broadcast the same thing.
 
2021-10-18 1:38:40 AM  
Aww man, I thought it was a signal intrusion at first.  We haven't had a good one of those in a while.

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2021-10-18 2:15:01 AM  

Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.


Sinclair is cheap as fark and bought in waaaay over their heads.

They are a criminal enterprise.
 
2021-10-18 2:15:45 AM  
Sinclair bought everything and then immediately screamed "we're too big to fail" in other words.
 
2021-10-18 2:17:04 AM  
Their stations and tech are a bit out of date
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2021-10-18 2:20:52 AM  

koder: Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.

Simplified: imagine every tv station using the same login server, and imagine that login server being compromised.  The login server dictates what programs run on each login/logout (both user and computer) and basically automatically grants domain admin accounts write access to all hard drives on any workstation/server that's part of the same domain.  Between it all, it's an incredibly insecure way of doing things and means just a single compromised domain-admin account can infect nearly everything that logs in.


This is why multifactor authentication is so important.  Any action we have to do on our corporate network forces a secondary authentication mechanism(via app based TOTP or biometrics, depending on what you're accessing)

Site based domains are a pain in the ass, though it's certainly a good idea for there to be a layer between production systems and the general domain.  Our production systems have a separate untrusted domain with a separate authentication method.  If one is compromised, the other is not necessarily.
 
2021-10-18 2:23:59 AM  

bluorangefyre: Too bad they didn't make all the stations broadcast the same thing.


That would be redundant
 
2021-10-18 2:33:19 AM  
in what the stations have described as technical issues

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2021-10-18 2:37:17 AM  
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2021-10-18 2:44:43 AM  
SINCLAIR !!!
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2021-10-18 2:53:51 AM  
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2021-10-18 3:05:55 AM  

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no one can possibly know how overjoyed I am that Sinclair failed to take over WGN.
 
2021-10-18 3:07:09 AM  
$5 says KOMO Seattle doesn't mention it. Like the Mariners
 
2021-10-18 3:16:21 AM  
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2021-10-18 3:21:17 AM  

enry: null: Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.

"putting all your eggs in one basket"

Instead of separate domains for each station or a region.

If everything is on the same domain then when it goes down everything goes to crap.

There was the tale of Maersk getting hit and wiping out all of their AD controllers and backups.  Except one system somewhere in Africa(?) that was powered down when the attack happened.  Thus it was the only copy of everyone's account information.

From a sysadmin standpoint it makes sense to have one large domain across the entire organization as it's far easier to maintain over 20-30 domains.


Hm, I'm skeptical.  Offline backups of AD databases are an essential part of anyone's BC/DR plan who uses AD, and there's no shortage of features and indeed third party systems to make the process easy.  I find it impossible to believe Maersk either didn't have backups, or had backups that were sufficiently co-located with the production systems as to be 'destroyed' in the attack.

What I believe did happen is that when they restored the backups, the production environments were immediately reinfected and destroyed by the malware.  A backup you can't restore to its original environment isn't that much immediate use, but it's a lot better than not having a backup.
 
2021-10-18 3:27:16 AM  
Designing AD domain structure in a safe and sane way requires someone competent to draw it up, places restrictions on how things are done and requires everyone to implement things in a way that follows the authentication/authorization framework. The options to this is to either build n independent domains which means n times the administration work as well as multiple credentials or build a single shiatty free for all domain.

It seems that Sinclair went for c).

I swear to $DEITY, suits spend more time considering the colour of their desk that infra that enables their business to run.
 
2021-10-18 3:31:29 AM  
Good. They should go the way of this other Sinclair businesses mascot:
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Radio is a dinosaur anyway.

/still the most apropos logo ever for a oil/gas company
 
2021-10-18 4:18:44 AM  

minorshan: Good. They should go the way of this other Sinclair businesses mascot:
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Radio is a dinosaur anyway.

/still the most apropos logo ever for a oil/gas company


Phytoplankton would be more accurate.
 
2021-10-18 4:24:43 AM  

minorshan: Good. They should go the way of this other Sinclair businesses mascot:
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Radio is a dinosaur anyway.

/still the most apropos logo ever for a oil/gas company


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2021-10-18 4:42:34 AM  

Creidiki: Designing AD domain structure in a safe and sane way requires someone competent to draw it up, places restrictions on how things are done and requires everyone to implement things in a way that follows the authentication/authorization framework. The options to this is to either build n independent domains which means n times the administration work as well as multiple credentials or build a single shiatty free for all domain.

It seems that Sinclair went for c).

I swear to $DEITY, suits spend more time considering the colour of their desk that infra that enables their business to run.


These are usually caused by, "we can save 50k a year if we hire a junior engineer" and, "we don't need a backup server. Those are expensive and don't generate revenue."
 
2021-10-18 4:43:18 AM  
Is there a way we can pay a ransom to keep them off the air?
 
2021-10-18 4:53:24 AM  
Stupid bean counters consider IT to be 100% overhead, all the freaking time.

So glad to not be in the biz any longer.
 
2021-10-18 4:55:28 AM  

vudukungfu: Soros


Racecar.
 
2021-10-18 5:33:37 AM  
That explains why the local Sinclair station wasn't broadcasting their morning news show due to "technical difficulties" yesterday morning. Imagine the general populations outrage if the hack would happened during football games. They could have asked for more and probably gotten it.

/"It would have been glorious", according to Kor.
 
2021-10-18 5:54:25 AM  

null: Unobtanium: The attack could have been isolated, but many sections of the Sinclair IT network were interconnected through the same Active Directory domain, allowing the attackers to reach broadcasting systems for local TV stations.

That sounds like a bad idea. Can someone with actual knowledge enlighten us? I mean, I'm not completely technically illiterate, but I don't know anything about Active Directory.

"putting all your eggs in one basket"

Instead of separate domains for each station or a region.

If everything is on the same domain then when it goes down everything goes to crap.


Got it.
 
2021-10-18 6:22:16 AM  
Can you image what this must be like for so many Republicans?

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2021-10-18 6:49:10 AM  

wademh: minorshan: Good. They should go the way of this other Sinclair businesses mascot:
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Radio is a dinosaur anyway.

/still the most apropos logo ever for a oil/gas company

Phytoplankton would be more accurate.


Never thought I'd see someone "Well, actually..." me on Fark, mainly cause I'm too verbose and cite everything. Doesn't see to excite the trolls.

But you're damned right! Frankly, I'd like to see high rises raising plankton, seaweed, and all the other edibles. Less land/water. I love meat, but I love an inhabitable planet more. We're working toward it.
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I just hope it becomes profitable.

Vertical farming seems our best bet in the future. But I'll never out money on it as this I from 1982, espousing how we'll soon farm that way on the moon.
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2021-10-18 8:15:29 AM  
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2021-10-18 8:29:06 AM  
I like how there's an assumption of that the highly wealthy and people in power are completely oblivious to something currently valued over $1,000,000,000,000
 
2021-10-18 8:35:16 AM  

roddikinsathome: Conflicted...


Not really. Leopard faceeating ransomware.

Also explains why there was an episode of Jeopardy rather than the infomercial.
 
2021-10-18 9:01:10 AM  
Good. They own nine of the stations in the El Paso-Las Cruces area. Let them all get farked.
 
2021-10-18 9:29:31 AM  

bluorangefyre: Too bad they didn't make all the stations broadcast the same thing.


I'd suggest "Pony.mov" to start with.
 
2021-10-18 9:32:36 AM  
Oh, and....

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2021-10-18 9:32:37 AM  
Dang.  I deleted the morning news recording without looking at it.

Honestly, it's not as bad as I expected when I learned I'd moved into Sinclair territory.  Too bad it's the only network based out of my city.  The others are all from the next state over.
 
2021-10-18 9:33:45 AM  

winedrinkingman: Is there a way we can pay a ransom to keep them off the air?


The Ransomware of Red Chief.
 
2021-10-18 9:50:17 AM  

jtown: Dang.  I deleted the morning news recording without looking at it.

Honestly, it's not as bad as I expected when I learned I'd moved into Sinclair territory.  Too bad it's the only network based out of my city.  The others are all from the next state over.


Pensacola?
 
2021-10-18 10:01:07 AM  

rewind2846: Good. They own nine of the stations in the El Paso-Las Cruces area. Let them all get farked.


I never watched local news in Cruces, for this exact reason. Ay guey.
 
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