The Guardian closes offices after ransomware attack last month

Leading British newspaper The Guardian has temporarily closed offices after a ransomware attack reported last month.

On December 21, 2022, The Guardian published an article acknowledging the firm had “been hit by a serious IT incident, which is believed to be a ransomware attack.”

After the incident occurred on Tuesday night the 20th, the firm said the issue affected part of the company’s technology infrastructure. As a result, staff was then informed to work from home.

According to the New York Post, Guardian Media Group chief executive officer Anna Bateson sent out a new update this past Monday confirming “the Guardian’s systems have been subject to a serious network disruption.”

Moreover, The Guardian was still able to publish digital and print versions, but acknowledged “key IT systems have been affected.”

Until the incident and problem have been addressed, all offices will be closed until at least January 23, according to CEO Bateson.

Readers may recall other recent ransomware attacks, such as Agenda, Cuba, and LockBit 3.0 cyber campaigns, that have been highly disruptive and costly to its victims.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have repeatedly warned of ongoing ransomware threats, as well as provided guidance to help organizations be be better prepared.

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