The Press Trust of India was hit by a LockBit ransomware attack that disrupted its servers and the delivery of news across India for several hours on Saturday. The ransomware encrypted all data and applications. The news agency was able to restore operations on Sunday without paying the ransom.
- The Press Trust of India is the largest news agency in India. It is a nonprofit cooperative involving more than 500 Indian newspapers and has about 500 full-time employees.
- LockBit ransomware operates on a ransomware-as-a-service model in which third-parties use the framework to attack targets and then split the profits with the LockBit developer team.
- Ransomware attackers in India jumped 200% quarter-over-quarter in Q2 2020, according to security firm Segrite.