Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Cyber attack disrupts newspaper distribution across US

Cyber attack disrupts newspaper distribution across US

The newspaper reported in its online edition at 4:55 p.m. that the cyberattack "appears to have originated from outside the United States".

"We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information", the LA Times quoted a source with knowledge of the situation as saying.

A computer virus disrupted production of The Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times and other Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country, the company said Saturday.

In brief: A number of major USA newspapers had their printing and delivery processes disrupted yesterday after they were hit with a cyberattack.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience", Light wrote.

However, Tribune Publishing's website was not affected and no customer information was compromised, according to the statement issued by the company on Saturday. Technology teams made significant progress in fixing the problem, but were unable to clear all systems before press time.

"Every market across the company was impacted", said Marisa Kollias, spokeswoman for Tribune Publishing.

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. The L.A. Times and the Union-Tribune are no longer owned by Tribune, previously known as Tronc.

Tribune Publishing discovered the presence of malware Friday that impacted some systems used to publish and produce newspapers across the company, Kollias said. "We are working to restore full service and to continue to make our journalism available to you both in print and digitally".

The virus "hobbled our ability to publish", Union-Tribune editor and publisher Jeff Light said in a Saturday morning letter to readers. As a result, the Chicago Tribune's print edition Saturday was published without paid death notices and classified ads.

And staffers at some of the affected papers said they haven't received much information from management about the extent of the cyberattack. Those newspapers will be delivered today, the company said.

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