It Was Three Stannard Stations Hit By Apparent CryptoWall Hijacking Virus
October 22, 2014 at 3:26 AM (PT)
YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 10/21), ALL ACCESS told you that the LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS posted on its website that, "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.)"
It turns out STANNARD BROADCASTING/LEESVILLE, LA was the hacked group, with Country KVVP (TODAY’S COUNTRY 105.7), Rock KROK and AC KUMX hit by what appears to be the "CryptoWall Virus."
“STANNARD BROADCASTING INC. is working to correct problems associated with a virus that affected its data server,” the company said in a statement. "A Trojan virus had been executed on a computer in the station’s network on OCT. 16th that encrypted the station’s database audio files in the server. Along with the virus came a text note offering a key word to unlock the virus in exchange for $500 in BITCOIN, an Internet currency,” it said.
News Dir. ELONA WESTON told RADIO WORLD, 'that the station’s small staff worked through the weekend dealing with the consequences of this attack. 'It was mayhem for a little bit,' she said, with a substantial amount of audio data missing or inaccessible. Complicating things, one of the stations has been in the process of installing a new transmitter."
GM DOUG STANNARD added in an e-mail to RADIO WORLD, “Two stations have had their music library compromised in that there is still missing audio and all the data strings are not complete. Each day there are more elements compromised. Each day there are additional files tapped by the hackers. So, each day is a new set of problems.”