Portugal's Impresa media outlets hit by hackers
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A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration depict taken on may 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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LISBON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The websites of one of Portugal's biggest newspapers and of a major broadcaster, both owned by the country's largest media conglomerate Impresa, were down on Monday after being hit by a hacker tone-beginning over the weekend.
Expresso newspaper and SIC TV post both said they reported the incident to the criminal investigation police agency PJ and the national Cybersecurity centre (CNCS) and would file a complaint.
The alleged hackers, calling themselves Lapsus$ Group, published a message on the websites saying internal data would be leaked if the media radical failed to pay a ransom. The message included e-mail and Telegram tangency info.
The radical did not immediately reply to a Reuters bespeak for comment.
Lapsus$, which claims that it gained access to Impresa's amazon web Services account, also sent a phishing e-mail to Expresso subscribers and tweeted from the newspaper's verified twitter account.
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CNCS's coordinator, Lino Santos, told Observador newspaper it was the first time the radical launched an attack in the country.
Websites of Expresso and sic are experience been offline since Sunday, with the pages showing a message saying they are temporarily unavailable following the tone-beginning and would issue as soon as possible.
In the meantime, both media organisations are publishing news stories on their social media channels. They described it as an unprecedented tone-beginning on press freedom in the digital age.