Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Cyber-attack disrupts distribution of multiple United States newspapers

В США из-за кибератаки на типографию перестали выпускать крупнейшие газеты Computer virus hampers San Diego Union-Tribune's Saturday delivery
Lloyd Bates | 31 December, 2018, 00:08

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.

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

The source gave no other details about the origin of the attack or the motive, describing the attacker only as a "foreign entity", The Times reported.

The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other titles belonging to Tribune Publishing suffered distribution delays on Saturday after the company detected the malware a day earlier.

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.

Tribune Publishing said in a statement Saturday that "the personal data of our subscribers, online users, and advertising clients has not been compromised". In other markets similarly slimmed-down versions of the Saturday newspaper were published.

The west coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times were also hit, as they are printed on the shared production platform, the Los Angeles Times said.

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The company also said it is "making progress" to resolve publishing issues, and has reported the attack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience", the L.A. Times said in a statement published in an article about the malware.

Readers can access a digital edition of the Saturday paper here. "We are working diligently to resolve this matter".

The problem caused widespread confusion, the paper noted, because subscribers who called the newspaper's offices on Saturday morning were "told, incorrectly, that the numbers were not in service".

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

Inc., said it was also affected. The papers had previously been part of Tronc, the previous name of Tribune Publishing.

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