Malware Disrupts Newspaper Publishing Nationwide

A malware attack has hobbled computer systems and delayed weekend deliveries for newspapers across the country. The malware spread through Tribune Publishing’s (NASDAQ: TPCO) network, attacking systems crucial to the news production and printing process. The attack appears to have originated from outside the United States.

Multiple newspapers around the country were affected because they share a production platform. According to reports, the malware affected the ability to print the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel. The Ventura County Star newspaper in Southern California also was affected.

The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, which were previously owned by Tribune Publishing, were also affected. Both were sold by Tribune Publishing in June to Los Angeles biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. Regional editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, printed at the Los Angeles Times’ Olympic printing plant, were also impacted.

Marisa Kollias, Tribune communications vice president, said in a statement that the computer malware “impacted some back-office systems which are primarily used to publish and produce newspapers across our properties.” Kollias said no personal data of subscribers, online users or advertising clients was compromised as a result of the interference.

Hillary Manning, spokesperson for The Los Angeles Times, released a statement by email saying: “A computer virus infected the business systems associated with the printing process. 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. As a result, many home-delivery customers experienced delayed deliveries this morning, and some customers may not have received their paper.”

Manning continued on to say that the news and all regular features are available online. Any affected deliveries are expected to be delivered the following day.

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