Major US Newspapers Under Malware Attack

A number of newspapers have had serious print and delivery cyber-attack on the 29th December. This production issue has affected titles belonging to Tribune Publishing and include The LA Times, Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Times as well as West Coast editions of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News and others.

The malware attack is believed to have derived from somewhere outside of the US and it became a problem which became apparent on Friday 28th December at a shared print plant.

"We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information," an anonymous source with knowledge of the attack told the LA Times.

Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said "Every market across the company was impacted," Ms Kollias said, refusing to give more specifications on the disruptions, according to the LA Times.

Marisa Kollias, said the virus affected back-office systems used to publish and produce “newspapers across our properties”.

“There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised,” Kollias said.

Another publication, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel was also "crippled this weekend by a computer virus that shut down production and hampered phone lines," according to a story on its website.

"We are aware of reports of a potential cyber incident affecting several news outlets and are working with our government and industry partners to better understand the situation," a Department of Homeland Security official said in a statement.

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