Entercom Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Radio Ink and Radio Insight are reporting that Entercom suffered a group-wide attack on their IT infrastructure over the weekend of September 7 – 8, 2019. They are said to have successfully isolated automation audio playout but are having to manually process sales orders and create operations logs.

In San Diego, Entercom stations include KBZT (FM) 94.9, KYXY (FM) 96.5, KWFN (FM) 97.3, and KSON (FM) 103.7. We have no confirmation of this attack locally as their corporate policy doesn’t allow staffers to discuss internal issues.

Ransomware attacks have made news lately as cities, school districts, and other businesses have had their computer files encrypted with an accompanying ransom notice demanding cryptocurrency for payment. Many organizations choose not to pay, but their internal recoveries can cost more than the ransom payment.

Thanks to Bill Lipis for the news tip.