A ransomware group linked to a number of recent hacks said on Thursday that it was behind a cyberattack on the Iowa branch of the Public Broadcasting Service.
Susan Ramsey, director of communications for Iowa PBS, told The Record that in the early hours of November 20, Iowa PBS “became aware of suspicious activity” on its network systems. “We swiftly brought in systems experts to help us identify the issue,” Ramsey said.
“Iowa PBS’s ability to serve Iowans has not been affected. The broadcast, livestreams and digital platforms are still operational and Iowa PBS will continue to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans.”
Ramsey declined to provide more information about the incident, citing laws in Iowa that make cybersecurity information confidential.
Another representative said breach notification letters had been sent out but would not say how many people may have been affected and what kind of information was accessed during the cyberattack.