Sinclair Broadcast Group Ransomware Attack: Top Takeaways for Server Security

December 2022

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have been on the rise for years. Not only has the size and scope of these attacks grown, but they have been occurring with greater frequency as well. And unfortunately, it seems as though nobody is safe from these types of attacks and the havoc they can wreak.

In fact, the Sinclair Broadcast Group was hit by a major DDoS attack in October of 2021, resulting in major network disruptions and data loss.

More About the Sinclair Broadcast Group Attack

The Sinclar Broadcast Group, which has headquarters in Maryland, operates dozens of television stations across the country. In October of 2021, the broadcast group’s servers were reportedly hit by a huge DDoS attack that resulted in numerous network outages and technical issues across some of its TV stations. Likewise, some servers were hit with a ransomware attack that compromised some of the company’s sensitive data.

Implications for Security in the Media Sector

Unfortunately, this DDoS has only proven what cybersecurity experts have been warning the public of for quite some time: that no organization or entity is 100% safe from the threat of a DDoS attack or other major web attacks. This is mainly because DDoS attacks continue to grow larger in scale — often to the point that even DDoS protection protocols cannot stop them.

The Importance of Dedicated Servers for Web Security

Because of the increase in DDoS attacks across the globe and the recent attack on Sinclair Broadcast Group, there has been a renewed push for organizations and businesses in the media sector to beef up their online security. One of the best ways for these organizations to increase security is to make sure that their data is hosted on a dedicated server.

Specifically, dedicated servers offer the greatest level of security (both physical and virtual) against a wide range of web threats. Likewise, many dedicated hosting plans are offered with additional DDoS protection that can help to “filter” web traffic and potentially stop an attack in its tracks.

Dedicated servers also offer additional security features that other hosting plans may not, such as multi-factor authentication and available remote data backups. All of these features can make a huge difference in security for media organizations.

Make the Switch to a ReliableSite Server Today

If your media group is thinking about switching to a dedicated server host to protect against DDoS and ransomware attacks, ReliableSite is here to help. All of our servers come standard with free DDoS protection, and you have the option to purchase protection for larger-scale attacks as desired. Meanwhile, all of our data centers have around-the-clock security for your added protection and peace of mind. If you ever have questions or concerns about your account security, our 24/7 in-house support staff is just a phone call away.

Ready to learn more about ReliableSite dedicated servers? Don’t hesitate to contact our team today! We’d be happy to discuss hosting plans and help you find the dedicated server host that best suits the security and budgetary needs of your media organization.