Computer virus cripples Tribune Publishing, Los Angeles Times

Computer virus hampers San Diego Union-Tribune's Saturday delivery

The Times, which was also affected by the attack, quoted a "source with knowledge of the situation" saying the attack was meant to disable infrastructure, rather than steal information.

The suspected malware attack affected the computer systems at Tribune Publishing's Southern California printing plant beginning Thursday night, said Jeff Light, the editor and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information", the source said, adding the attacker 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.

"There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised", Dearborn wrote. Teams from both companies were making progress against the virus, but weren't able to fix it before the newspapers went to print.

Tribune Publishing news websites were not affected, and no customer information was compromised, the company said Saturday.

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.

A Tribune Publishing spokeswoman, Marisa Kollias, said the virus affected back-office systems used to publish and produce "newspapers across our properties".

The LA Times said that readers could access the Saturday edition online via the digital edition. The L.A. Times and the Union-Tribune are no longer owned by Tribune, previously known as Tronc. The paper's main Twitter account has been responding to individual complaints with phrases like, "We've had a ton of delivery problems today which is why our lines are busy" and "You're right!"

Malware has, over time, become more sophisticated and coordinated, involving more planning by networks of hackers who infiltrate a system over time, she said.

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