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Hackers Take The Weather Channel Off the Air

April 18, 2019, 4:51 PM UTC

People who tuned in to watch The Weather Channel’s AMHQ as they got ready Thursday morning didn’t find what they were looking for.

The cable channel was unable to broadcast live programming for a period due to a “malicious software attack,” it revealed both on air and on Twitter. Federal investigators are looking into the attack.

From 6am through 7:39am ET, the network was forced to run a taped episode of Heavy Rescue: 401.

The outage comes on a day where severe thunderstorms are working their way through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alamaba, knocking out power to over 100,000 people.

The Weather Channel, which is facing a lawsuit related to storm chasers, did not offer details about which systems were infiltrated by the attackers.

Editor’s note: This story originally referred to a pending lawsuit against the Weather Channel app. That app has been run by a separate company since 2016.