Computer virus prevents delivery of Saturday's Union-Tribune

Computer virus prevents delivery of Saturday's Union-Tribune

A malware attack that appears to have originated outside the U.S. delayed the hardcopy distribution of several major newspapers, according to a report.

A cyber attack that appears to have originated from outside the United States caused major printing and delivery disruptions at several newspapers across the country on Saturday including the Los Angeles Times, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

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

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

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience".

For Tribune subscribers, "there is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised", Kollias added.

"Technology teams from both companies made significant progress against the threat, but were unable to clear all systems before press time", Light wrote. As a result, several Saturday newspapers will be distributed in their slimmed-down versions on Sunday. The papers had previously been part of Tronc, the previous name of Tribune Publishing.

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All papers within The Times' former parent company, Tribune Publishing, experienced glitches with the production of papers.

Newspaper administrators reported the problem to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, the U-T said.

Tribune Publishing completed its $500 million sale of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong in June, but still provides printing and other services to the California newspapers in an ongoing transition services agreement. "We are working diligently to resolve this matter".

And staffers at some of the affected papers said they haven't received much information from management about the extent of the cyberattack.

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 the Tribune Publishing Co.

The company worked to come up with a workaround to produce the newspapers, but there were some delays in delivery. The systems are shared by the Times and Union-Tribune.

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