Cyber-attack disrupts distribution of multiple U.S. newspapers

Computer virus hampers San Diego Union-Tribune's Saturday delivery

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

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.

"We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information", the individual said.

"The attack delayed distribution of Saturday editions of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune", the LA Times said on Saturday.

The Ryuk ransomware strain is the primary suspect in a cyberattack that caused printing and delivery disruptions for several major USA newspapers over the weekend.

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"There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised", Dearborn wrote.

The Times said that the glitch was detected Friday but technology teams were unable to fix the problem before press time. In other markets similarly slimmed-down versions of the Saturday newspaper were published.

Newspaper administrators reported the problem to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, the U-T said.

Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said the virus hurt back-office systems used to publish and produce "newspapers across our properties".

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The print editions of the Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, Post-Tribune, Hartford Courant, Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette, and Carroll County Times were published Saturday without paid death notices and classified ads, according to the Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, and Baltimore Sun.

The report said it could not provide firm numbers on how many subscribers were impacted, but a majority of LA Times customers received their papers on Saturday morning, albeit several hours late. The papers had previously been part of Tronc, the previous name of Tribune Publishing. The West Coast editions of the two NY papers are printed at the same Los Angeles printing facility as the L.A. Times. "Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to this ongoing matter".

The LA Times said that readers could access the Saturday edition online via the digital edition.

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