Computer virus freezes South Florida Sun Sentinel

Cyberattack on US papers could be from

Cyberattack on US papers could be from

The newspaper reported in its online edition at 4:55 p.m. that the cyberattack "appears to have originated from outside the United States".

"This issue has affected the timeliness and in some cases the completeness of our printed newspapers", Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said in a statement.

A source told the Times the source of the attack was a "foreign entity".

Most San Diego Union-Tribune subscribers were without a newspaper on Saturday as the virus infected the company's business systems and hobbled its ability to publish, the paper's editor and publisher Jeff Light wrote on its website. "We have had big issues with delivery today and we apologize". Technology teams made significant progress in fixing the problem, but were unable to clear all systems before press time. People who didn't get their Saturday newspapers will receive it alongside the Sunday edition.

The report said it could not provide firm numbers on how many subscribers were impacted, but a majority of LA Times customers received their papers on Saturday morning, albeit several hours late.

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The Chicago Tribune, which also reported on the disruption of its own operations, called it a computer virus.

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.

The print editions of the Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, Post-Tribune, Hartford Courant, Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette, and Carroll County Times were published Saturday without paid death notices and classified ads, according to the Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, and Baltimore Sun. "We are doing everything we can to restore full service and to continue to make our journalism available to you both in print and digitally", Light's statement read.

The virus also affected the paper's digital replica online.

Forbes reports that the malware Tribune Publishing discovered was a version of the Ryuk ransomware family, which is often attributed to the Lazarus Group. The systems are shared by the Times and Union-Tribune.

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