Computer virus disrupts production of newspapers

The LA Times said Saturday that the attack which was first assumed to have been a server outage hit the computer systems of its parent Tribune Publishing that were connected to the printing process

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Foreign hackers reportedly crashed vital software at the Los Angeles Times and several other USA newspapers, triggering delays in production and widespread distribution problems.

Aside from the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and several other publications were also affected.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is said to have been hit particularly hard, as 85 to 90 percent of its Saturday edition didn't reach its subscribers.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience", Light wrote.

It's been reported that the attack originated from outside the United States, with some implicating the North Korea-backed Lazarus Group.

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The attack is believed to have come from outside the USA, the LA Times said.

While no additional details on the attack's origin were given, the source said it was the work of a "foreign entity". Teams from both companies were making progress against the virus, but weren't able to fix it before the newspapers went to print.

The Tribune confirmed that customer information remained safe and news websites were still working properly.

Forbes reports that the malware Tribune Publishing discovered was a version of the Ryuk ransomware family, which is often attributed to the Lazarus Group. Thank you for your patience and support.

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. The company continued to address the problems for Sunday editions. Under an ongoing transition agreement, Tribune Publishing, formerly known as Tronc, continues to print the two West Coast newspapers and provide other essential services. The Sun Sentinel told readers that they would receive their Saturday issue along with their Sunday papers.

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The Ventura County Star, owned by Gannett Co.

Light said the digital replica of the paper was also affected.

"Modern malware is all about the long game", Dixon said.

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

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