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Cyberattack on Tribune Publishing Halts Printing of Newspapers in L.A.

31 December, 2018, 00:08 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Suspected malware attacks have hit the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers

A source close to the situation reportedly believed "the cyberattack originated from outside the United States", in an effort to "disable infrastructure".

In an article, the Los Angeles Times declared, "Technology teams worked feverishly to quarantine the computer virus, but it spread through Tribune Publishing's network and reinfected systems crucial to the news production and printing process".

A source told the Times the source of the attack was a "foreign entity".

A cyber-attack has caused printing and delivery disruptions to major U.S. newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun.

"There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised", Dearborn wrote. Some markets will receive an abridged version of the Saturday edition on Sunday.

Papers that share the same production platform in LA, including the west coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, were also hit.

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The attack didn't compromise any subscribers, internet users or advertisers, Tribune said.

Tribune Publishing says a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers across the country, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience", the L.A. Times said in a statement published in an article about the malware.

All Tribune Publishing newspapers were affected by the malware, with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, for example, unable to produce its paper in time for Saturday delivery. The Orlando Sentinel subscribers received their papers on time, according to a Tribune Publishing executive.

Inc., said it was also affected. "We are doing everything we can to restore full service and to continue to make our journalism available to you both in print and digitally", Light's statement read. At The Baltimore Sun, for example, the usual comics and puzzles were not included in Saturday's print edition, the paper tweeted.

The company said it first detected the malware on Friday, which hit papers sharing the same printing plant. The systems are shared by the Times and Union-Tribune.

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