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WAN-IFRA, FIPP, EMMA, & ENPA condemn the cyber-attack on Portuguese media company, Impresa

2021-01-12. WAN-IFRA, FIPP, EMMA (European Magazine Media Association) and ENPA (European Newspaper Publishers’ Association) strongly condemn the cyber-attack on Portuguese media company, Impresa, which has taken offline both the Expresso newspaper site and SIC TV.

by Vincent Peyrègne vincent.peyregne@wan-ifra.org | January 13, 2022

On January 3, Portugal’s biggest media company, Impresa, was the subject of a significant cyber-attack, as hackers not only brought down both the Expresso weekly newspaper and SIC TV, but also reportedly published a ransom note on the company’s websites. The hackers took credit for the attack by defacing all of Impresa’s sites with a ransom note (pictured at the top of this article).

Impresa is now believed to have full control of its publications back. This attack is a timely reminder of the attention that needs to be paid to cyber threats which, over the past twelve months, have increasingly affected pivotal societal players, including news media.

The attack on Impresa is a criminal act that not only breached cyber-security laws, but also included a ransom demand published across Impresa websites.

WAN-IFRA, FIPP, EMMA, & ENPA stand in solidarity with Impresa as they attempt to recover from this appalling attack.

“In a digital age, online crimes are no less serious than those committed in the physical world and must be dealt with accordingly. We strongly encourage the Portuguese government to fully investigate and prosecute this crime.

This attack represents a direct attempt to undermine freedom of speech and the free and independent press, at a time when the need for independent and professional media has never been greater. A free and accurate press is a key aspect of democratic societies, and we thoroughly condemn those who attack it in any form.” stated the four press organisations.

Vincent Peyrègne

Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, he was Head of Development at Edipresse in Switzerland with responsibility for audience insights and editorial marketing research and product development, before joining the office of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as senior adviser to the Minister.

vincent.peyregne@wan-ifra.org

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