Hackers distrupted U.S. newspaper distribution system using malware

The cyber attack caused disruption to production systems in the Saturday edition of a number of newspapers, all of whom shared a common production platform.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, a cyber attack, that appeared to originate outside the U.S., caused significant printing and delivery disruptions at several U.S. newspapers including at the Los Angeles Times and those owned by Tribune Publishing Co such as the Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune.

The cyber attack led to distribution delays in the Saturday edition of the Sun, The Times, Tribune, and other newspapers that share a common production platform in Los Angeles.

According to Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers include the Orlando Sentinel and New York Daily News stated it first detected the malware on Friday.

Incidentally, the West Coast editions of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were effected as they are also printed on the shared production platform.

As per Marisa Kollias, Tribune Publishing’s spokeswoman, the virus hurt 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”.

Neither the New York Times nor the Wall Street Journal immediately responded to requests for comments.

According to a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, the agency is studying the situation.

“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,” said Katie Waldman, DHS’s spokeswoman in a statement.

Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were not immediately available for comment.

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