The Guardian says ransomware attack compromised staff’s personal data

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The Guardian has confirmed that it was the victim of a ransomware attack, and that the damage is more serious than first thought. In an update to staff, Guardian group chief Anna Bateson and newspaper editor-in-chief Katharine Viner said the December attack was “highly sophisticated” and accessed the personal data of UK employees. There was no evidence of the data being exposed online, or that the intruders had breached data for readers or non-UK editions.

Bateson and Viner understood that this was a “criminal” ransomware campaign, and that the perpetrators hadn’t targeted The Guardian as a media outlet. The paper has alerted both police as well as the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office. The leaders didn’t identify the suspected culprits.

The fallout from the cyberattack has worsened. While The Guardian now expects some vital systems to return within two weeks, workers now won’t return to the office until early February…

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