WAKV Computers Hit By 'Ransomware'
January 20, 2015 at 3:53 AM (PT)
VINTAGE RADIO ENTERPRISES Adult Standards WAKV-A/OTSEGO, MI is the latest victim of "ransomware" seizing control of its computer system. NBC affiliate WOOD-TV/GRAND RAPIDS reports that the station, run out of owner JIM HIGGS' basement in PLAINWELL, MI, was off the air for a day on JANUARY 9th when the malware remotely shut down the computers and encrypted its files, demanding $500 to be unlocked.
The station returned with a limited selection of music early on JANUARY 10th.
HIGGS said that he restored the station to the air using an older backup computer but had to bring staff in to re-voice tracks; while he heeded the warnings to back up his system, enabling the station to recover, he says he doesn't remember clicking on anything that would have caused the infection.