|Louisiana Radio Station Brought Down by Hackers|
A radio station in Louisiana was reportedly “hijacked” this past Friday, October 17, 2014. The owner of the station, through his state broadcast association, is trying to spread the word. It’s going to cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace computers and software in his facilities.
He has three stations but, only one was “hijacked.” They use an older version of Windows which is no longer supported by Microsoft. He thought he was okay because he had a firewall through his server.
His employee went to the station at 5:00am on Friday to get everything up and running. At 5:45, the employee called the owner and said that they could not get any audio over the air…the owner went to the station and after five hours they were able to ascertain that the system had been taken over. They began to receive ransom e-mails asking for payment to get the station back on the air. The station was off for about seven hours. It appears to them that hackers may have come in through the operating system and took over the station's radio automation System and brought it down.
The MAB has no knowledge of issues with any software, nor are we making claims about the vulnerability of any software. We are simply passing along a concern that you should investigate for yourself.
UPDATE: Radio World has been reporting on this story. Click here.