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Cyberattack on Morgunblaðið Newspaper’s Publisher

By Yelena

Photo: Golli.

One of Iceland’s largest media outlets mbl.is and radio station K100 were both down for around three hours yesterday due to a cyberattack on their publisher, Árvakur. The attack was carried out by a Russian group named Akira, the publisher has confirmed. The attackers seized and encrypted all of the company’s data,leading them to shut down their computer system as they responded.

“All data were actually taken and encrypted, both copies and data that are used on a daily basis. That applies to all of Árvakur’s computer systems,” says Úlfar Ragnarsson, director of Árvakur’s IT department. “The situation is very serious and really as bad as it can possibly be.”

Repeated cyberattacks on Iceland

Úlfar confirmed that Akira was behind the attack, the same group that has previously targeted Icelandic car dealership Brimborg and Reykjavík University. It is not yet known how the group broke into Árvakur’s computer system, but it appears that they did so several days before the attack became apparent.

Both mbl.is and K100 are currently functioning. It is not clear whether Árvakur has recovered all of the data that were seized or whether it will be able to recover them completely.

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