Cyber Attack Strikes Printing and Distribution of Major U.S. Newspapers

On Saturday, major newspapers experienced printing and distribution problem due to cyber attack. Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the San Diego Union-Tribune are the newspaper editions affected due to a computer virus. The cyber attack took place at the Tribune Publishing Company’s computer systems. The Los Angeles Times, which runs the facility, says the bug affected systems that affected the printing process. The publishing company failed to include paid death notices and classified ads in Saturday’s edition. The company announced it would deliver a slimmed-down version of the newspaper on Sunday.

The cyber attack started on Thursday late night. As a result, distribution of the Saturday’s edition delayed. It primarily affected newspaper companies that function on a shared production platform. According to Jeff Light, the editor, and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the attack continued from Thursday to Friday. Joe Rubidoux, Director of Distribution, said they would deliver Saturday’s paper with Sunday’s edition. Hillary Manning, LAT spokeswoman says the facility has been working to solve the problem. But she also added that Sunday’s version might have some impact of the cyber attack. Currently, the technology team has made considerable progress in fixing the problem. They were not able to solve it entirely before printing session.

Marisa Kollias, Tribune Publishing spokeswoman, stated that the issue has an effect on timelines and printed version of the news. Although, the virus has not affected their websites and mobile apps. On Friday the Chicago Tribune informed FBI regarding the cyber attack. According to Marisa, the anti-virus system discovered malware in the company’s back-office system. Besides, the computer virus affected the software used to publish and produce news editions. Other news companies like The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal had an impact on distribution. As those companies also use the same printing presses. The companies like The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal also affected distribution. Marisa said there are no evidence customers’ credentials and other data had been impacted.

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