Newspapers across the U.S. hit by cyber attack


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.

According to a statement from Marisa Kollias, a spokeswoman for Tribune Publishing Company, the company's computer alert systems detected the presence of malware that impacted some back-office systems which are primarily used to publish and produce the newspapers.

"We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information", the individual said.

A cyberattack on the Tribune Publishing Company's computer system led to printing and distribution problems at major newspapers. "We apologize to all of our readers for the inconvenience", it said.

Tribune Publishing said in a statement Saturday that "the personal data of our subscribers, online users, and advertising clients has not been compromised". Teams from both companies were making progress against the virus, but weren't able to fix it before the newspapers went to print.

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So far, Missouri , Idaho , Arizona , Colorado , New Mexico, parts of Montana, and MA have seen some sort of impact. A Nationwide outage reaching from NY to California has been causing headaches since early Thursday morning.

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The report said it could not provide firm numbers on how many subscribers were impacted, but a majority of LA Times customers received their papers on Saturday morning, albeit several hours late. Tribune Publishing sold The Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune to Los Angeles businessman Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong in June, but the companies continue to share various systems, including software.

Inc., said it was also affected. At The Baltimore Sun, for example, the usual comics and puzzles were not included in Saturday's print edition, the paper tweeted.

Saturday editions of suburban Chicago newspapers the Lake County News-Sun and Post-Tribune will also be among those to be delivered on Sunday.

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

"Several individuals with knowledge of the Tribune situation said the attack appeared to be in the form of "Ryuk" ransomware", reported the Los Angeles Times.