Ransomware suspected in cyberattack that crippled major U.S. newspapers

Anna Jefferson
December 31, 2018

Phone lines for the Los Angeles Times were jammed Saturday morning, as many subscribers to that paper also woke up without their physical copy.

A computer virus has hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the US.

"We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information", the LA Times quoted a source with knowledge of the situation as saying.

The Ryuk ransomware strain is the primary suspect in a cyberattack that caused printing and delivery disruptions for several major United States newspapers over the weekend.

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Tribune Publishing said in a statement Saturday that "the personal data of our subscribers, online users, and advertising clients has not been compromised".

"Technology teams from both companies made significant progress against the threat, but were unable to clear all systems before press time", Light wrote. Some markets will receive an abridged version of the Saturday edition on Sunday.

The West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times were hit as they are also printed on the shared production platform, the Los Angeles Times said.

Jeff Light, the editor and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune, said in statement the attack appeared to begin Thursday night and continued into Friday for their production. "Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to this ongoing matter".

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Manning said it is likely that Sunday paper delivery will be affected as well. The L.A. Times and the Union-Tribune are no longer owned by Tribune, previously known as Tronc.

A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major USA newspapers, including ones owned by Tribune Publishing Co TPCO.O such as the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. At The Baltimore Sun, for example, the usual comics and puzzles were not included in Saturday's print edition, the paper tweeted.

The company worked to come up with a workaround to produce the newspapers, but there were some delays in delivery. But the papers continue to use some of Tribune's systems.

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