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Media Prima hit by ransomware attack, with blackmailers demanding $6.45 million

Media Prima, a Malaysian conglomerate which owns newspapers as well as radio and television stations, has been hit by a ransomware attack – according to news reports. 

Malaysia’s The Edge Financial Daily reported that the attackers had apparently locked Media Prima out of its computer systems.

The blackmailers were said to be demanding a ransom of 1,000 bitcoins, which in monetary terms amounts to $6.45 million or close to 26 million ringgit.  

A source quoted by The Edge Financial Daily said: “The whole group’s computer systems have been breached and infected with ransomware over the last four days.”

At the time of writing, Media Prima was neither confirming nor denying the ransomware attack and offering no further comment.  

Media Prima’s properties include national newspapers New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Harian Metro; free-to-air television stations TV3, TV9, ntv7 and 8TV; and radio stations Fly FM, Hot FM, One FM and Kool FM.

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