Ransomware suspected in cyberattack that crippled major United States newspapers

Ransomware suspected in cyberattack that crippled major United States newspapers

Ransomware suspected in cyberattack that crippled major United States newspapers

A source close to the situation reportedly believed "the cyberattack originated from outside the United States", in an effort to "disable infrastructure".

Tribune Publishing said "malware" was detected on its servers Friday.

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

This has caused delayed and incomplete printing of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and other publications which are printed at our facility.

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

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience", Light wrote.

In a statement, Tribune Publishing claimed, "the personal data of our subscribers, online users, and advertising clients has not been compromised".

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All Tribune Publishing newspapers were impacted by the malware, with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, for example, unable to produce its paper in time for Saturday delivery.

On its Twitter account, Tribune Publishing Company acknowledged the issues, empathizing with customers affected.

A computer virus prevented most of the San Diego Union-Tribune's readership from waking up with a paper Saturday morning.

It also hit the distribution of the West Coast editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, which are printed at the LA Times' printing plant. "Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to this ongoing matter". The paper's Saturday deliveries were affected by an interference with Tribune Publishing's print production systems. At The Baltimore Sun, for example, the usual comics and puzzles were not included in Saturday's print edition, the paper tweeted.

The Chicago Tribune says that Tribune Publishing also reported the attack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday.

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

A Tribune Publishing spokesperson didn't confirm the ransomware infection, but did say the incident was caused by "malware".

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