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The British daily newspaper ‘The Guardian’ is facing a serious cyber incident believed to be ransomware. The news was brought by the company itself, which claims that ‘there has been some disruption to behind-the-scenes services’, but the online publication is largely unaffected, as stories continue to be written and published on the Guardian’s website and app.

It seems that the incident began Tuesday evening and has impacted parts of the company’s IT infrastructure, prompting management to tell employees to work remotely. Company officials expressed optimism that Thursday’s newspaper would still be printed.


Although at this stage the company stated that it believed the incident was likely to be a ransomware attack, news organizations around the world have been regular targets for cyberattacks both by criminals and nation states.

As everyone knows, there has been a serious incident which has affected our IT network and systems in the last 24 hours. We believe this to be a ransomware attack but are continuing to consider all possibilities.

We are continuing to publish globally to our website and apps and although some of our internal systems are affected, we are confident we will be able to publish in print tomorrow. Our technology teams have been working to deal with all aspects of this incident, with the vast majority of our staff able to work from home as we did during the pandemic.

We will continue to keep our staff and anyone else affected informed. We will update everyone again at the end of the day. With a few key exceptions we would like everyone to work from home for the remainder of the week unless we notify you otherwise.

Anna Bateson, the group’s Chief Executive, and Anna Bateson, Editor-in-Chief, said in an announcement to staff.


The media company’s full announcement on the IT incident is available here.

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