Hackers Hijack Louisiana Station's Automation System
October 21, 2014 at 3:30 AM (PT)
The LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS has posted a scary story on its website -- but it's not a HALLOWEEN prank. They wrote, "One of our member radio stations was 'hijacked' this past FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17th. The owner is trying to spread the word. It’s going to cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace computers and software in his facilities. He is suggesting that anyone running WINDOWS XP should evaluate and upgrade to a newer version supported by MICROSOFT. (He said there is possibly a glitch in WINDOWS XP that can be hacked.)"
The owner -- who is not identified -- has three stations but, only one was “hijacked.” They use WINDOWS XP, which is no longer supported by MICROSOFT. He thought he was okay because he had a firewall through his server. He was running OMT iMEDIATOUCH Radio Automation System.
The LAB notes, "His employee went to the station at 5a on FRIDAY to get everything up and running. At 5:45, the employee called the owner and said that they could not get any audio over the air ... the owner went to the station and after five hours they were able to ascertain that the system had been taken over. They began to receive ransom e-mails asking for payment to get the station back on the air. The station was off for about seven hours. It appears that hackers may have come in through WINDOWS XP and took over the OMT iMEDIATOUCH Radio Automation System and brought it down."