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Hackers demand S$8.71 million ransom from M'sian media giant

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian media conglomerate Media Prima Berhad's computer systems have been locked out by hackers demanding a ransom of US$6.3 million (S$8.71million) in bitcoin, The Edge Financial Daily reported on Tuesday (Nov 13).

Malaysian media firm Media Prima Berhad's computer systems have been locked out by hackers who are demanding millions of dollars in ransom.

Malaysian media firm Media Prima Berhad's computer systems have been locked out by hackers who are demanding millions of dollars in ransom.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian media conglomerate Media Prima Berhad's computer systems have been locked out by hackers demanding a ransom of US$6.3 million (S$8.71million) in bitcoin, The Edge Financial Daily reported on Tuesday (Nov 13).

The public-listed company, which owns various media outlets, was hit by a ransomware attack last Thursday. Such attacks employ software that blocks access until the ransom is paid.

The report, quoting a source, said the attackers are demanding 1,000 bitcoins. One bitcoin is equivalent to US$6,300.

“Our office email was affected, but we have migrated to G Suite. They (the attackers) demanded bitcoins, but we are not paying,” the source told The Edge Financial Daily.

Media Prima group managing director Kamal Khalid, declined to comment when The Star Online asked if the company has been hit by ransomware.

Among the organisations under Media Prima are the New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Harian Metro newspapers, television stations TV3, TV9, ntv7 and 8TV, and radio stations Fly FM, Hot FM, One FM and Kool FM.

The report did not say whether Media Prima’s data has been breached, or whether the group will suffer financial losses due to the attack. AGENCIES

 

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