The FBI is investigating a ransomware
attack that shut down the Weather Channel’s program for an hour on Thursday, according
to The Wall Street Journal
. The early morning live broadcast was
interrupted for some 90 minutes, forcing the cable channel to resort to a taped
program. The Weather Channel confirmed in a tweet that it fell victim to “a
malicious software attack.”

Backups were used to restore
affected computers and live transmission soon returned, allowing the channel to
resume its program. While the transmission stopped, viewers took to Twitter to
find out what happened.

“We experienced issues with this
morning’s live broadcast following a malicious software attack on the network,”
reads the Twitter statement. “We were able to restore live programming quickly
through backup mechanisms. Federal law enforcement is actively investigating
the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience to viewers as we work to resolve
the matter.”

According to The Wall
Street Journal
, the FBI confirmed a ransomware attack hit the network, but offered
no details on how the hackers got inside the computer system or whether ransom
was demanded.

Ransomware attacks are growing in complexity and becoming increasingly
common in all industries. Most networks are vulnerable, so hackers target them
if they see potential to steal data, destroy systems or make some easy cash. So
far, large banks, corporations, hotels, educational institutions, hospitals, healthcare
facilities and even local governments have been targeted by hackers looking to
extort money.