Several Montana TV stations hit by cyberattack

BILLINGS — Seven Montana TV stations owned by Cowles Media, including KFBB in Great Falls, have been unable to produce normal newscasts since last Monday after a cyber-attack infected computer operating software.

“Systems and software are integrated among all the TV stations. The attack to the vital software has caused delays in video feedback and has limited the use of graphics, weather systems, and more,” Patricia McRae, president of Cowles Montana Media and KHQ Inc. said.

McRae said the company has reported the attack to the FBI but declined to say whether there were demands tied to the hacking of KHQ’s software. KHQ in Spokane, Washington, is the flagship station of Cowles Media and the hub for some of its news production.