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Its servers were hacked by unknown cryptocurrency miners during a fundraising drive


PORTLAND — An Oregon community radio station is still battling the after-effects of an April 28 cryptocurrency attack, according to Katie Shepherd of Willamette Week .

KBOO(FM) Community Radio’s servers were hacked by unknown cryptocurrency miners during the last week of the noncom’s fundraising drive. Because of its website’s 80% slowdown, KBOO reps said the station saw a decrease in online fundraising efforts during this crucial fundraising period.

However, the station did not have any of its files breached — a somewhat dim silver lining, all things considered.

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As of May 11, the station’s website is still down — more than two weeks later — as part of efforts to scrub the system of the malicious code. According to the Willamette Week, the station aims to be back online in the next day or so.

KBOO was far from the only victim of the attack, known as “Drupalgeddon2.” Other affected organizations include Lenovo, the University of California at Los Angeles and the U.S. National Labor Relations Board. The hackers exploited websites that had not updated a patch that fixed a problem in the Drupal content management system.

This is another unfortunate reminder that stations need to pay close attention to cybersecurity protocols at all levels in order to reduce vulnerability, as cybercriminals become increasingly determined and inventive.

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Rep. Greg Walden will take part in a fireside chat with NAB President CEO Gordon Smith


WASHINGTON — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will be taking a break from Washington to talk with the broadcasters at the 2018 NAB Show. The NAB announced that Walden will take part in a fireside chat with NAB President CEO Gordon Smith and his Committee’s current legislation and the impact that it could have on the broadcast industry.

“From his days as a longtime radio broadcaster and now one of the most influential members of Congress, Greg Walden has been a steadfast champion of local broadcasting,” said Smith. “This is a great opportunity for broadcasters to hear from a key lawmaker about the legal, regulatory and legislative challenges facing radio and TV in Washington.”

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In addition to Walden, NAB has announced that the 2018 NAB Show opening will feature Smith’s annual “State of the Broadcast Industry” address, a keynote from YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan and the presentation of the NAB Distinguished Service Award to Robin Roberts.

The 2018 NAB Show opening will take place on Monday, April 9 at 9 a.m. on the Main Stage in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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WATCH: Engineers in Action

Broadcast engineers don’t have it easy, but the work is critical to keep listeners in the loop

PORTLAND, Ore. — Have you ever had someone ask you what you do for a living, and been at kind of at a loss for words to describe the work?

Well, with the ubiquity of smartphones, you can always play this video, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting , about the work their transmitter engineers do. And, as a benefit, enjoy some great scenery! 

View the original article to see embedded media.

OPB broadcast engineers maintain 84 towers, translators and transmitters, which service the nearly 100,000 square miles of Oregon and parts of southwest Washington, according to the pubcaster. 

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