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(Vice)   Evil Corp. ongoing hack attack creates havoc at vast network of right-wing TV stations   (vice.com) divider line
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2021-10-23 9:02:21 AM  
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2021-10-23 9:19:18 AM  
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2021-10-23 9:37:06 AM  
I watched our local Sinclair station's newscast the other night after the football game ended. their newscast is like many of the other Sinclair stations where the anchors and control room are in Indianapolis with local MMJ's and the meteorologist here in the market. it's never been the best looking or smoothest broadcast even on the best days, but this just looked awful. the teleprompter system was down so they were using paper scripts, and when you take the teleprompter away from a 20-some year old anchor who never used a paper script - they struggled (they would look down, be good for about the first four or five words, then get the deer-in-the-headlights look). they had chryons with the anchor's names but nothing else on the screen except for the station bug. the local packages looked terrible - best I can figure is they were using either cell phones to shoot and edit their pieces or had to compress the heck out of the video to get it to Indianapolis that it looked like an early '00's realmedia video clip.

I work in broadcast IT and I just find it amazing how some of these bottom feeder media companies run their IT operations. when I worked for Cumulus - even they were competent enough to have at least some back up systems. when they got nailed by ransomware about five years or so ago, the corporate office was offline for about two weeks but they finally were able to restore everything. that one never really got publicized - fortunately they were so incompetent in other areas that they never created a company WAN. each station cluster either created their own domain like we did, or they just hooked up computers and servers to a switch and called it a day. from everything I read about how Sinclair set up their AD - it was going to happen sooner or later.

/work for Sinclair's competitor now and our corporate IT folks have been freaking out tightening everything down knowing we may be the next target
//also if you're ever interested and want to hear stories of just how badly Cumulus ran their company, buy me a beer and I'll entertain you with horror stories all night long
 
2021-10-23 9:38:43 AM  
Don't do that. Don't make me root for the hackers. Those guys suck. Sinclair is worse.
 
2021-10-23 9:40:01 AM  
Seriously? I thought subby was just messing around with that Evil Corp. stuff

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2021-10-23 9:40:31 AM  
Couldn't have happened to a nicer fascist media conglomerate.
 
2021-10-23 9:41:06 AM  
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2021-10-23 9:41:58 AM  
Haha fark you

I hope Sinclair pays and recieved a bogus key too.

/fark you
 
2021-10-23 9:43:53 AM  
Sorry, but this is funny AF, given what they have been doing
 
2021-10-23 9:44:47 AM  
"Now comes the part where we throw our heads back and laugh."
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2021-10-23 9:45:34 AM  
I feel this way when the Cowboys play the Broncos; I want them all to lose.
 
2021-10-23 9:45:44 AM  
You gotta love when an exploitative group that is LITERALLY named Evil Corp is the lesser of two evils.
 
2021-10-23 9:57:16 AM  

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2021-10-23 9:57:53 AM  
We only have FOX and NBC as local Sinclairs. I believe they share a studio or are across a driveway.  As a result I watch Peacock for that one or two NBC shows.     I wouldn't notice any difference in quality if they started speaking Russian.
 
2021-10-23 9:59:23 AM  
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For a brief moment, I went from "screw them both"
to actually rooting for "EvilCo"
/it's as bad as those RW radio hosts vs Covid.
 
2021-10-23 9:59:32 AM  
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2021-10-23 10:00:30 AM  
...a ransomware gang that is believed to be based in Russia and which was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury department in 2019.

That's one of those words that should never be used. Or should be used more often. I can't decide which.
 
2021-10-23 10:06:54 AM  

poconojoe: I watched our local Sinclair station's newscast the other night after the football game ended. their newscast is like many of the other Sinclair stations where the anchors and control room are in Indianapolis with local MMJ's and the meteorologist here in the market. it's never been the best looking or smoothest broadcast even on the best days, but this just looked awful. the teleprompter system was down so they were using paper scripts, and when you take the teleprompter away from a 20-some year old anchor who never used a paper script - they struggled (they would look down, be good for about the first four or five words, then get the deer-in-the-headlights look). they had chryons with the anchor's names but nothing else on the screen except for the station bug. the local packages looked terrible - best I can figure is they were using either cell phones to shoot and edit their pieces or had to compress the heck out of the video to get it to Indianapolis that it looked like an early '00's realmedia video clip.

I work in broadcast IT and I just find it amazing how some of these bottom feeder media companies run their IT operations. when I worked for Cumulus - even they were competent enough to have at least some back up systems. when they got nailed by ransomware about five years or so ago, the corporate office was offline for about two weeks but they finally were able to restore everything. that one never really got publicized - fortunately they were so incompetent in other areas that they never created a company WAN. each station cluster either created their own domain like we did, or they just hooked up computers and servers to a switch and called it a day. from everything I read about how Sinclair set up their AD - it was going to happen sooner or later.

/work for Sinclair's competitor now and our corporate IT folks have been freaking out tightening everything down knowing we may be the next target
//also if you're ever interested and want to hear stories of ju ...


The other night our local Sinclair station had no lead-ins to the news, like it just came back from commercial and they started talking. Multiple times they couldn't get the right report loaded, and a few times even the 40-year veteran anchorwoman was looking down at her script. Now I know why.

\station's a hot mess right now, as two popular people who just happen to be overweight women have been let go - one forced, one fired
\\a shame their main competition isn't all that good
\\\and the less said about the might-as-well-be-amateur third place channel the better
 
2021-10-23 10:07:57 AM  
That's a shame.

/sarcasm folks!
//I hope Sinclair suffers hard
///didn't anyone tell the ransomware attackers that they're only supposed to disrupt democratic and liberal corporations?
 
2021-10-23 10:15:48 AM  
Is this Anonymous?  Because if it is, bravo.  It's nice to see them move beyond middle school level vandalism.
 
2021-10-23 10:16:12 AM  
They'll pay the ransom or they will go bankrupt. There's probably a ticking clock somewhere saying the payment will double at some point to deter the forensic study of the encryption.

The only variable now is how long it will take the feds and the new Blockchain Crimes Dept to catch them. They will watch that receiving wallet and all of its transactions for decades, if possible.
 
2021-10-23 10:16:19 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: ...a ransomware gang that is believed to be based in Russia and which was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury department in 2019.

That's one of those words that should never be used. Or should be used more often. I can't decide which.


It's best in the Trevanian sense.
 
2021-10-23 10:20:10 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: ...which was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury...

That's one of those words that should never be used. Or should be used more often. I can't decide which.


It's one of those dumb words that can mean its own opposite, like "cleave"... very confusing. English is a weird hodgepodge language.
 
2021-10-23 10:21:19 AM  
Wow, a company that only puts superficial efforts into their talent and stories also puts superficial effort into their IT?     What a surprise.
 
2021-10-23 10:26:41 AM  
Whar d'awww tab?
 
2021-10-23 10:38:41 AM  
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2021-10-23 10:41:31 AM  
Well done hackers!!  Love this

/fark Sinclair
 
2021-10-23 10:45:13 AM  
Just install a Cyrillic keyboard driver already.

/ alright, that's mostly helping against the Darkside badguys than Evil Corp
 
2021-10-23 10:54:20 AM  
While I don't normally condone illegal activities, history has shown that doing what's right vs. what's legal is the best path...and crippling a fascist enabler is the right thing to do.
 
2021-10-23 10:54:36 AM  
Now do iHeart and Clear Channel, please.

 
2021-10-23 10:55:46 AM  
now do Fox News :-)
 
2021-10-23 11:07:22 AM  

Artcurus: now do Fox News :-)


Even Evil Corp doesn't want to tangle with Putin's personal media outlet.
 
2021-10-23 11:09:07 AM  
Makes perfect sense! Sinclair is in direct competition with Russia Today and Sputnik...

Study it out!
 
2021-10-23 11:27:47 AM  
Hackers didn't do this. Someone with admin rights was dumb enough to open up an attachment in an Email that compromised their system. Nobody hacks the Gibson anymore.
 
2021-10-23 11:35:34 AM  
This will never happen again once all of the Sinclair stations are rolled under Trump Media Group.
 
2021-10-23 11:36:13 AM  
Wow. Russian hackers now attacking Russian propaganda outlets
 
2021-10-23 11:39:10 AM  

Tarl3k: While I don't normally condone illegal activities, history has shown that doing what's right vs. what's legal is the best path...and crippling a fascist enabler is the right thing to do.


Assumes motives not demonstrated.

This is just evil preying on evil. Turns out evil has had a very profitable few seasons, and it's vulnerable.

Not to say it's not entertaining. Nor that I'm not enjoying the damage done to the enemy of mankind. But it's not done to further public hood, so perhaps we shouldn't pretend it is.
 
2021-10-23 11:40:31 AM  

lilbjorn: Artcurus: now do Fox News :-)

Even Evil Corp doesn't want to tangle with Putin's personal media outlet.


I thought that was OAN?

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2021-10-23 11:40:41 AM  
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Hey Sinclaire
 
2021-10-23 11:49:39 AM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Just install a Cyrillic keyboard driver already.

/ alright, that's mostly helping against the Darkside badguys than Evil Corp


Hard as hell to manage on an enterprise level. We actually ran a pilot, and ran into an issue where a certain order of connect/disconnect to Citrix XenApp or RDS RemoteApp would flip the local keyboard to Russian. Luckily, we had enabled the keyboard language identifier in the systray.
 
2021-10-23 11:49:43 AM  

RasIanI: Sorry, but this is funny AF, given what they have been doing


...and ironic, since they are doing Putin's work.
 
2021-10-23 11:54:26 AM  

Spaz-master: Wow. Russian hackers now attacking Russian propaganda outlets


Right hand doesn't know what the left has is doing, apparently. You'd think Putin would have his assets coordinate better with one another.
 
2021-10-23 11:55:06 AM  
As was said, the likely hood this was just some numbnuts in HR (because it's always HR) opening the wrong email and crashing everything is far greater than this being a direct attack.

The hacker group likely just threw this out into the void that is the internet and waited for it to hook something big. Once the powers that be in Russia find out the attack will end and they will move onto someone else.
 
2021-10-23 11:58:13 AM  
Was watching daytime Jeopardy on a Sinclair station the other day. When final Jeopardy came on, it was the nighttime show's final.

Watched the night show to see if they would show the daytime final. They didn't.

/Hard to get the 2nd final wrong.
 
2021-10-23 12:01:23 PM  

Capt_Clown: As was said, the likely hood this was just some numbnuts in HR (because it's always HR) opening the wrong email and crashing everything is far greater than this being a direct attack.

The hacker group likely just threw this out into the void that is the internet and waited for it to hook something big. Once the powers that be in Russia find out the attack will end and they will move onto someone else.


Or C level in general.

We have redundant layers of protections everywhere. (Nextgen malware prevention, Blocking connection from non-managed devices, MFA, conditional access requirements, etc.) The people excluded from those rules? The CEO, Senior VPs, and board of directors.

We'll be on the news someday.
 
2021-10-23 12:14:13 PM  

BitwiseShift: I wouldn't notice any difference in quality if they started speaking Russian.


Quality would likely improve; English translations rarely capture all the subtleties of the original language.
 
2021-10-23 12:35:40 PM  
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2021-10-23 12:44:08 PM  
Reacting to a ransomware attack should be as simple as restoring from a robust backup. But that's only if you have a competent IT staff and are willing to spend the money on said backup.

Sinclair obviously has neither competent IT nor robust backup.

Spend the money up-front or later, take your pick. The former results in business continuity, the latter generates a large number of résumés.

CSB:
I worked at a large non-profit hospital that got hit with ransomware. We ultimately lost about four hours of work data after restoring from backup. The ISO and the IT Operations team (of which I was a senior member, doing sysadmin) got a substantial bonus that year. The Backup Administrator guy got even more. Our CIO realized that we'd saved the organization tons of cash and downtime.
 
2021-10-23 12:44:29 PM  

jack_o_the_hills: Haha fark you

I hope Sinclair pays and recieved a bogus key too.

/fark you


I hope they get a valid key but it has a lot of ones and lower-case Ls, zeroes and upper case Os, and they're too dumb to figure out how to tell which is which so they spend a week trying and screwing up every permutation until they give up and call the hackers back for help.
 
2021-10-23 12:54:41 PM  
Came for Mr Robot references. Leaving dissapointed.
 
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