Guardian faces ransomware attack on IT systems

The Guardian, a leading UK-based newspaper with strong online news presence, has confirmed a ransomware attack on IT systems has impacted its business.
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The publication said the cyber attack began late on Tuesday and affected parts of the company’s IT infrastructure.

Guardian reveals that online publishing is largely unaffected. Guardian journalists can write new stories and publish to the Guardian website and app, wrote the media editor at the publication.

Guardian Media Group Chief Executive Officer Anna Bateson and Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner said in a note to employees that “We believe this to be a ransomware attack but are continuing to consider all possibilities.”

“We are continuing to publish globally to our website and apps and although some of our internal systems are affected, we are confident we will be able to publish in print tomorrow,” they told the employees.

The publication said that with a few key exceptions, “we would like everyone to work from home for the remainder of the week unless we notify you otherwise.”

Guardian Media Group (GMG) earlier reported that its revenues increased by £30.3 million (13 percent) to £255.8 million for the 12 months to 3 April 2022 (2021: £225.5 million), the highest level since 2007-08.

Guardian has more than one million recurring digital supporters. Digital reader revenues increased over 10 percent to £76.1 million from £68.7 million in 2021. Guardian’s digital reader revenues surpassed print reader revenues of £71.5 million for the first time. In total, digital revenues account for two-thirds of total revenues.

In September, hackers breached the internal systems of US business publication Fast Company.

In October, The New York Post also confirmed that it was hacked.