Cyber-attack disrupts distribution of multiple US newspapers

Hooded man holds laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration

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

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.

Tribune Publishing Co. newspapers across the country were also affected, including The Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Annapolis Capital-Gazette, Hartford Courant, New York Daily News, Orlando Sentinel and Fort Lauderdale Sun- Sentinel.

The U-T's Editor in Chief Jeff Light said in a statement online the virus affected the production of the U-T and the LA Times, and the Southern California editions of the Wall Street Journal, and New York Times through Los Angeles' Olympic Printing Plant.

A devastating and allegedly foreign cyberattack hindered newspaper distribution for several major USA outlets Saturday, according to news reports. "We have had big issues with delivery today and we apologize".

The attack has been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the outlet said.

The Tribune Publishing spokeswoman also said "there is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised".

The Sun Sentinel said in a statement published on its website that the Saturday edition would be delivered along with the Sunday edition.

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

All papers within The Times' former parent company, Tribune Publishing, experienced glitches with the production of papers. The technology housed at the Los Angeles Times has been able to make some major strides in fixing the problem as it now stands.

All Tribune Publishing newspapers were impacted to some degree by the cyber-attack.

In Baltimore, usual comics and puzzles were not included in Saturday's print edition, the paper tweeted. Inc., said it was also affected.

Malware has, over time, become more sophisticated and coordinated, involving more planning by networks of hackers who infiltrate a system over time, she said.

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