Suspected Cyberattack From Outside US Hits LA Times, Other Papers

Suspected Cyberattack From Outside US Hits LA Times, Other Papers

Tribune owns Baltimore Sun Media, which also publishes two other daily newspapers in the region: the Carroll County Times and The Capital in Annapolis.

The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other titles belonging to Tribune Publishing suffered distribution delays on Saturday after the company detected the malware a day earlier. Tribune Publishing sold The Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune to Los Angeles businessman Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong in June, but the companies continue to share various systems, including software.

The Los Angeles Times reported the attack appears to be in the form of "Ryuk" ransomware, which are "highly targeted, well-resourced and planned", according to an August advisory by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' cybersecurity program. But Tribune Publishing has said no news websites were affected and no customer information was compromised.

The source who gave further details to the Los Angeles Times said that the attack was likely meant to cause chaos. The company continued to address the problems for Sunday editions.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is said to have been hit particularly hard, as 85 to 90 percent of its Saturday edition didn't reach its subscribers.

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Kollias said no personal data of subscribers, online users or advertising clients was compromised as a result of the interference, and news and all regular features are available online. The technology housed at the Los Angeles Times has been able to make some major strides in fixing the problem as it now stands.

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!"

All Tribune Publishing newspapers were impacted to some degree by the cyber-attack.

The LA Times said that readers could access the Saturday edition online via the digital edition.

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.

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