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Weather Channel falls victim to "malicious software attack"

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The Weather Channel could not broadcast live television on Thursday morning by what the network is describing as a "malicious software attack on the network."

Catch up quick: The station's early morning show "AMHQ" was unable to go live on the air at its scheduled 6 am ET start time. For more than an hour and a half, taped programming filled the time, until the AMHQ show returned to the air at 7:39 am ET. The network, owned by Entertainment Studios, issued a statement explaining that federal law enforcement is investigating the incident.

Per Axios' Andrew Freedman, the incident comes during a multi-day severe weather outbreak that is bringing the threat of damaging storms, including potential tornadoes, to the Gulf Coast on Thursday. As of September 2018, The Weather Channel was received by nearly 79.128 million households that subscribe to the station's service throughout the U.S.