Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear

Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear

Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear

A suspected malware attack disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and several other major newspapers around the country this weekend.

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

In a statement issued on behalf of Tribune Publishing, spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said: "There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised".

The Chicago Tribune was among the publications targeted in the attack.

Formerly known as Tronc, Tribune Publishing also owns the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sebtinel, The Baltimore Sun; Hartford Courant; the New York Daily News; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md.; The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.; the Daily Press in Newport News, Va.; and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. Tribune also products suburban newspapers in its markets. These are both printed at the Los Angeles Times facility. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank our readers and advertising partners for their patience as we investigate the situation.

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Tribune Publishing said this in a statement.

The Times said the problem was first detected on Friday.

In what was initially thought to be a server outage, the attack delayed distribution of Saturday's Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, according to the Times.

Teams had tried to quarantine the malware, but it apparently "reinfected" systems linked to news production and printing. The technology housed at the Los Angeles Times has been able to make some major strides in fixing the problem as it now stands. For print subscribers that did not receive Saturday's paper, they will receive the paper with their regularly scheduled delivery of the Sunday edition. Inc., said it was also affected. It said that attacks could have been launched directly by the group, or by a third party - such as an individual or group that has obtained one of the key ransomware source codes.

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