Cyberattack targets newspapers in U.S., prevents some from publishing

Cyberattack targets newspapers in U.S., prevents some from publishing

The L.A. Times, citing a "source with knowledge of the situation", said Saturday that the cyberattack "appears to have originated from outside the United States".

Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias says in a statement: "This issue has affected the timeliness and in some cases the completeness of our printed newspapers".

A source told the Times the source of the attack was a "foreign entity".

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.

Another Tribune Publishing paper, the Florida-based Sun Sentinel, reported on Saturday that a computer virus had "shut down" its production and crippled its phone lines.

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. Technology teams made significant progress in fixing the problem, but were unable to clear all systems before press time.

The Chicago Tribune says that Tribune Publishing also reported the attack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday.

Most San Diego Union-Tribune subscribers were without a newspaper on Saturday as the virus infected the company's business systems and hobbled its ability to publish, the paper's editor and publisher Jeff Light wrote on its website.

The West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, which are printed on the shared production platform, were hit as well, the Los Angeles Times said.

Manning said it is likely that Sunday paper delivery will be affected as well. "Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to this ongoing matter".

They all share the software systems of the Tribune Publishing media company, which formerly owned the Los Angeles Times.

10News received multiple calls from viewers who did not receive the Saturday edition of the paper.

Saturday editions of suburban Chicago newspapers the Lake County News-Sun and Post-Tribune will also be among those to be delivered on Sunday. But the papers continue to use some of Tribune's systems.

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