Cyber-attack disrupts distribution of multiple USA newspapers

Suspected malware attacks have hit the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers

Suspected malware attacks have hit the Los Angeles Times and other

The computer virus caused problems for newspapers connected to Tribune Publishing, the company confirmed this weekend, compromising software crucial to the news production and printing process.

San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher Jeff Light described the incident as "what now seems to have been a malicious attack on the company by computer hackers" in a message posted to the newspaper's website.

The Los Angeles Times, which print editions of both of its papers, also had problems printing The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

A devastating and allegedly foreign cyberattack hindered newspaper distribution for several major US outlets Saturday, according to news reports.

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

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The attack reportedly affected printing centers operated by Tribune Publishing and former Tribune Publishing property, the Los Angeles Times.

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.

As of Saturday afternoon, Tribune suspected the cyberattack to be of foreign origin, according to the Los Angeles Times, though the precise motive remains unclear.

While the Times noted it was aware of the problem on Friday, its technology teams attempted to fix it, but couldn't resolve the matter before production was set to begin.

While newspapers are often looked at as an antiquated news deliver system and ancient means of entertainment, there are still many subscribers across the USA who look forward to getting the latest edition every day.

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"The malware unfortunately impacted our timeliness and delivery of Saturday's Chicago Sun-Times", Kollias said.

Formerly known as Tronc, Tribune Publishing also owns the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sebtinel, The Baltimore Sun; Hartford Courant; the New York Daily News; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.; The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.; the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.; and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. Tribune also products suburban newspapers in its markets.

The virus also affected the paper's digital replica online.

While the publications' websites weren't affected, customer service phone lines and time card systems were offline for some time.

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