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Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:31 AM

A ransomware attack took The Weather Channel off the air

Source: The Verge

The Weather Channel was hit by a ransomware attack on Thursday, briefly taking a live TV program off the air, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The attack came amid severe weather in the southeastern United States and knocked out the cable channel for more than an hour. The FBI told the Journal a ransomware attack was the source of the problem and that the agency is investigating.

“We experienced issues with this morning’s live broadcast following a malicious software attack on the network,” the channel confirmed in a tweet about the incident, adding that “backup mechanisms” had allowed the channel to restore service. “We apologize for any inconvenience to viewers as we work to resolve the matter,” the tweet said.

Earlier in the day, the channel said it was “experiencing technical difficulties” with its live broadcast. In another tweet posted soon after, the channel said it was “back live on the air to bring you the latest on today’s severe weather threats.”

Read more: https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/19/18507869/weather-channel-ransomware-attack-tv-program-cable-off-the-air

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Reply A ransomware attack took The Weather Channel off the air (Original post)
Zorro Apr 2019 OP
C Moon Apr 2019 #1
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 2019 #20
Sgent Apr 2019 #24
Roy Rolling Apr 2019 #2
Delphinus Apr 2019 #3
yaesu Apr 2019 #4
Baclava Apr 2019 #5
EarthFirst Apr 2019 #10
Bengus81 Apr 2019 #17
The Genealogist Apr 2019 #23
Crowman2009 Apr 2019 #6
Baclava Apr 2019 #7
Crowman2009 Apr 2019 #8
Baclava Apr 2019 #9
TwilightZone Apr 2019 #11
Major Nikon Apr 2019 #18
usaf-vet Apr 2019 #12
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 2019 #21
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2019 #13
Maxheader Apr 2019 #14
FM123 Apr 2019 #15
Bengus81 Apr 2019 #16
Snellius Apr 2019 #19
roamer65 Apr 2019 #22

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:47 AM

1. Excuse my language...

I fucking hate hackers.

There are the financial criminal hackers (the worst), but most seem to be annoying little jackasses who do it for some kind of "notch in their virtual gun." The latter cause big problems, stress and financial woes for innocent individuals.

So, anyway you look at it: hackers are assholes—send them to the gallows with Trump and Co.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:50 PM

20. Take ASSange with them to the gallows, please.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 06:15 AM

24. Those "notch"

types died out a long time ago.

Most cyber attacks today are either for money (in this case) or information (wikileaks, etc.).

NotPetya was the last major attack that didn't want either -- but it was done by Russia as an attack against the Ukraine at the height of their shooting war. The collateral damage was no different than accidently bombing a hospital or school.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 08:19 AM

2. Wake Up Sheeple

This is likely a government-sponsored attack, or government-sanctioned. But when they attacked our elections, 30% of voters pledged allegiance to them for helping elect their man.

Their behavior is only not-treasonous because the U.S. has not declared open war, for many reasons.

But still, an American business here was attacked. For God's sake, DUers, the DU was hacked on Election Day 2016, minimizing its strategic value to democracy on Election Day. It's a virtual Cyber World War 3.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:43 AM

3. Oh, my,

I had forgotten our 2016 election day hack - and how ill that made me (as well as the results of that disastrous day). I remember thinking there was something nefarious about the entire election when we got hacked.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:12 AM

4. Its only going to get worse as 2/3rds of our government support the countries attacking us nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:21 AM

5. TWC used to be good, now a reality tv disaster porn channel half the time, truckers in ditches, lol

Everybody switching to Accuweather, Weather Underground for 24x7 weather for the whole country

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Response to Baclava (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 11:36 AM

10. I use NWS/NOAA & DarkSky Network

DarkSky is unbelievably accurate...

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Response to Baclava (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:25 PM

17. Weather Underground was DESTROYED by TWC when it was bought..........

Skuttlebutt is that with all the cord cutters the WC is hanging on by a thread and cutting stuff right and left.

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Response to Baclava (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:28 PM

23. I agree

I remember how TWC was back when I was a kid. Pretty business like, just weather information presented clearly and helpfully. Then, it slowly became, as you called it "reality tv disaster porn." Sad, it was once a reliable service. I get my weather information from weather.gov.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:37 AM

6. I tend to skip the middle-man and get my weather info straight from the National Weather Service.

No sense in dumbing down via tv networks and private businesses.

https://www.weather.gov/

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Response to Crowman2009 (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:49 AM

7. I use the 'My Radar' app, real time live doppler radar, you can see what they see, anytime

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Response to Baclava (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 11:11 AM

8. I'm still waiting for NWS to startup it's own weather app.

But Trumpy Dumpy & the Rethuglicans in the Senate aren't making that possible.

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Response to Crowman2009 (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 12:28 PM

11. NWS Now is pretty good.

It uses data from NWS, NOAA and weather.gov. I believe it's Android-only, however.

http://www.nwsnow.net/

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Response to Baclava (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 05:22 PM

18. I also use that one

But mostly I use one called Radarscope. It costs $10 (one time fee which I paid many years ago). It allows you to see individual radars including some not generally available anywhere else. It also allows you to select individual weather products that are hard to find anywhere else.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:28 PM

12. This is an issue that only the government can handle. IMO these hackers & other internet villains...

.... should be hunted down arrested and jailed. In the alternative how about a laser guided missile strike. To put them out of business. Ok! OK! maybe a missile is a little harsh.

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:55 PM

21. No, USAF-Vet, a laser guided missile strike is NOT too harsh.

These little sh*ts get their jollies out of creating this kind of disruption and chaos.

Can you imagine what they will be up to in 2020 ?

I worry about how they can disrupt military operations. Being retired from the USN, myself, this kind of anarchy really frosts my first-class freckles.

I say, take them D O W N now, hard and fast. Make the punishment so severe that people think twice before committing to this sort of action.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:37 PM

13. Copycats

It's already been done:

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:43 PM

14. Lets hope Nellwyn Thomas and Kat Atwater...CTOs for



The Democratic National Committee

Can do better...

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:10 PM

15. The thing that concerned me the most in that article is that we don't know who or why.

"What the hackers were demanding in the attack isn’t clear, but ransomware, a type of malware used to extort money from targets, has become a major headache for businesses and governments. In one of the most devastating examples, a strain of ransomware called WannaCry, believed to have been developed by North Korea, spread throughout the world in 2017. The attack eventually affected computers in more than 150 countries."

Russia was caught hacking into our power grids a few years back and turns out never stopped their probing...
https://www.wired.com/story/russian-hackers-us-power-grid-attacks/

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:23 PM

16. Hell...if it was like their POS Weather Underground web site........

Then it was probably THEIR fault. They bought and then took what was the best weather website and along with IBM DESTROYED it. Then they bought/merged with Intellicast and FUCKED it up just like they did the WU.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 05:44 PM

19. Do not believe in the death penalty, except

ransomware bandits (and robocallers) should be taken out and shot.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:20 AM

22. Weather Nation is available on Roku and also on Pluto TV.

Weather reporting without all of the editorializing.

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