Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Suspected Malware Attack Causes L.A. Times Newspaper Delivery Interruptions

Suspected Malware Attack Causes L.A. Times Newspaper Delivery Interruptions

Former Tribune Publishing west coast newspapers the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune -sold earlier this year, in February- suffered similar outages. Tribune owns the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the New York Daily News, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, and other newspapers across the nation.

The Tribune Publishing spokeswoman also said "there is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised". "News and all of our regular features are available online". The Times said the source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

"Technology teams from both companies made significant progress against the threat, but were unable to clear all systems before press time", Light wrote.

It ultimately caused delays in production and delivery of the papers on Saturday, a source familiar with the situation told the Los Angeles Times, one of the publications targeted by the hack.

The cyberattack is said to have begun late on Thursday and couldn't be immediately fixed. Each of them is printed in California at the Los Angeles Times' downtown printing plant.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience". "We are working diligently to resolve this matter".

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

New York Times and Palm Beach Post readers in South Florida also failed to receive their Saturday editions because the Sun-Sentinel also prints those newspapers. The papers had previously been part of Tronc, the previous name of Tribune Publishing.

Light said the digital replica of the paper was also affected. The paper's main Twitter account has been responding to individual complaints with phrases like, "We've had a ton of delivery problems today which is why our lines are busy" and "You're right!"

A Tribune Publishing spokesperson didn't confirm the ransomware infection, but did say the incident was caused by "malware". "It's serious attacks, not small stuff anymore".

"Modern malware is all about the long game", Dixon said. "When people think of malware, the impression may be, 'It's a little program that runs on my computer, '" Dixon said.

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