Ransomware attack on Marketron hits thousands of media companies

Ransomware attack on Marketron hits thousands of media companies

A ransomware attack on business software provider Marketron has hit thousands of media and broadcasters. Marketron provides advertising solutions that allow businesses to monetize their website visitors and traffic. Marketron claims to have 6,000 media and broadcasting companies worldwide as customers that use the company's services on a daily basis.


In the US market alone, these solutions would handle $5 billion in ad revenue from more than one million advertisers. In an email to customers, Marketron says that the victim is the BlackMatter ransomware group. These criminals are also behind the attack on the American agricultural cooperative New Cooperative .


All Marketron customers have been affected by the attack, CEO Jim Howard said in the email. At the time of writing, several Marketron products and services are offline, including the advertiser and traffic portal. The services for all customers who have their traffic managed by Marketron have also been affected, the status page shows. It is unknown when the services will be back online. Marketron says it is in the process of restoring the affected systems. How the attackers managed to gain access to the systems is unknown.

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