The Weather Channel compromised by Malware Attack
July 12, 2019 – Jane Ryan
The Weather Channel was attacked by an external cyberattack just one day before major weather events were set to hit the US.
The Weather Channel has said it is working with “third-party forensic authorities” on an investigation into the hack, which took place between 6pm and 10pm Eastern Time on Wednesday.
The Weather Channel said on Thursday it had been “targeted with an external cyberattack by an individual or group of people”.
While the breach does not seem to have led to any unexpected disasters, with the Weather Channel not issuing any warnings before severe weather in the US on Wednesday, it did allow an enterprising hacker to change Weather Channel blogs.
Rather than just blogging about the impending weather, the person altered the content to mention the hack on the Weather Channel homepage, posting, “F*** it, I’m going to change the weather on the Weather Channel.”
“We are aware of an alleged incident relating to our website yesterday,” a Weather Channel spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday. “We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
The Weather Channel is owned by Turner Broadcasting.
The nature of the cyberattack and access obtained so far is unclear.
Trolling the weather will eventually get you into lots of trouble.
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