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Media outlet Nikkei hacked in Singapore

Nikkei Group Asia’s headquarters has suffered a ransomware attack, forcing it to shut down the targeted server and take emergency action.

Nikkei reported the incident to authorities in Singapore and Tokyo – where its central office is headquartered – after it detected unauthorized access to the server on May 13. The affected terminal is believed to contain sensitive customer data, and the media outlet is trying to determine how serious the breach is.

No data leak has been confirmed at the time of writing, nor has Nikkei released any statement in regards to a ransom demand or payout. Nor is it known which group, if any, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We sincerely apologize for the trouble we’ve caused,” Nikkei said. “We will take appropriate action in cooperation with relevant authorities and strive to enhance information protection.”

Nikkei has provided business coverage of Japan for more than a century, and has more than thirty offices worldwide. Its flagship title has a circulation of around 2.8 million, though it is not yet known how many of these are subscribers who may have been affected by the attack.

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