Suspected Cyberattack From Outside US Hits LA Times, Other Papers

Ann Santiago
December 30, 2018

Media company's spokeswoman Marisa Kollias assured subscribers and advertising clients in a statement cited by the media that their personal details had not been compromised.

In Southern California, former Tribune Publishing newspapers the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune were impacted by the same malware, with many home delivery customers experiencing delays and some not receiving the paper at all.

As a result, the delivery of the Saturday editions of the LA Times and San Diego Union Tribune were delayed.

It also stymied distribution of the West Coast editions of The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, which are all printed at the Los Angeles Times' Olympic printing plant in downtown Los Angeles.

A cyber-attack has caused printing and delivery disruptions to major United States newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun.

The Times said the issue was first detected Friday.


A request for comment from Tribune Publishing was not immediately returned.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience". Teams from both companies were making progress against the virus, but weren't able to fix it before the newspapers went to print.

"A computer virus infected the business systems associated with the printing process".

Saturday editions of suburban Chicago newspapers the Lake County News-Sun and Post-Tribune will also be among those to be delivered on Sunday.

Los Angeles Times spokeswoman Hillary Manning said the company is working to resolve the computer problems, but delivery issues may linger throughout the weekend. "Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to this ongoing matter", The Times said in a statement. When subscribers tried to call the paper, they were erroneously told that the numbers were out of service.

Today, "malware can root into the deepest systems and disrupt very significant aspects of those systems".

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