NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas has spent up to $80 thousand dollars to put in place new safety protocols following a hacking of its operating system earlier this year.
BCB Chairman Mike Smith confirmed to Eyewitness News on Tuesday that operations are about 70 per cent back to normal but the repairs continue to be a work in progress.
“We never agreed to pay the hackers but getting our systems back up has cost us about $80,000,” Smith said. “We are putting in a lot more security safeguards as far as our systems are concerned. That figure includes new servers, stand-alone systems and the actual safety safeguards.”
Smith said while the incident resulted in not so much of challenge for the national broadcaster, they still had to “re-do” many of its programs.
Back in January, international hackers infiltrated the corporation’s servers and demanded it hand over between $18,000 and $20,000 in the cryptocurrency, bitcoin.
The BCB reportedly negotiated with hackers but no payment was ever made, according to officials.