Malware affects production at newspapers nationwide, including in Chicago

31 December, 2018, 00:09 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • A computer virus hit newspaper printing plant in Los Angeles

A cyberattack which appeared to originate from overseas disrupted the publication and distribution of numerous newspapers in the United States, papers hit by the malware said.

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

The Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun were among the major newspapers that had printing issues on Saturday.

A computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and other Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country, the company said Saturday.

Kollias said no personal data of subscribers, online users or advertising clients was compromised as a result of the interference, and news and all regular features are available online.

"Technology teams from both companies made significant progress against the threat, but were unable to clear all systems before press time", Light wrote.

In other markets a similarly slimmed-down version of the Saturday newspaper will be delivered a day late, on Sunday, the three newspapers also reported.

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Even though the Union-Tribune is no longer owned by Tribune Publishing, Light said it is "still transitioning away from the Tribune systems".

Tribune Publishing discovered the presence of malware Friday that affected some systems used to publish and produce newspapers across the company, Kollias said. The papers had previously been part of Tronc, the previous name of Tribune Publishing.

On its Twitter account, Tribune Publishing Company acknowledged the issues, empathizing with customers affected. For print subscribers that did not receive Saturday's paper, they will receive the paper with their regularly scheduled delivery of the Sunday edition. "Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to this ongoing matter".

10News received multiple calls from viewers who did not receive the Saturday edition of the paper.

The LA Times said that readers could access the Saturday edition online via the digital edition.

A Tribune Publishing spokesperson didn't confirm the ransomware infection, but did say the incident was caused by "malware".

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