Cyber attack disrupts newspaper distribution across US

Dwayne Harmon
December 31, 2018

The Times, which was also affected by the attack, quoted a "source with knowledge of the situation" saying the attack was meant to disable infrastructure, rather than steal information.

Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers also include the New York Daily News and Orlando Sentinel, said it first detected the malware on Friday.

The attack also stymied delivery of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune on Saturday, as well as the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In a note posted on the Union-Tribune's website, Light described a computer virus that affected the computer systems for Tribune Publishing, the media company that used to own the Union-Tribune and now owns multiple newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel.

"I apologize to our customers for this inconvenience".

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"There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised", Kollias said. Technology teams made significant progress in fixing it, but were unable to clear all systems before press time. As a result, several Saturday newspapers will be distributed in their slimmed-down versions on Sunday.

A computer virus prevented most of the San Diego Union-Tribune's readership from waking up with a paper Saturday morning. Director of Distribution Joe Robidoux said print subscribers should get Saturday's paper delivered with Sunday's edition. The West Coast editions of the two NY papers are printed at the same Los Angeles printing facility as the L.A. Times.

Tribune Publishing on Friday discovered the presence of malware which "impacted some back-office systems which are primarily used to publish and produce newspapers across our properties", Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said. "We are working to restore full service and to continue to make our journalism available to you both in print and digitally".

Inc., said it was also affected.

Malware has, over time, become more sophisticated and coordinated, involving more planning by networks of hackers who infiltrate a system over time, she said.

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