Malware disrupts Baltimore Sun Media print production

Fredrick Soto
December 30, 2018

Another Tribune Publishing paper, the Florida-based Sun Sentinel, reported on Saturday that a computer virus had "shut down" its production and crippled its phone lines.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper cited a source familiar with the matter as saying Saturday that the alleged attack impacted the software systems used to produce the papers, but no data was leaked. "Most Union-Tribune subscribers were without a newspaper this morning as a computer virus infected the company's business systems and hobbled the ability to publish", Light wrote.

The attack has been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the outlet said.

The company is investigating the malware attack and "making progress" to resolve issues with its newspaper production, Kollias said.

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. "We have had big issues with delivery today and we apologize".

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. For print subscribers that did not receive Saturday's paper, they will receive the paper with their regularly scheduled delivery of the Sunday edition.

Tribune Publishing, which owns the Chicago Tribune and the Sun, as well as the New York Daily News and Orlando Sentinel, said it first detected the malware on Friday. Thank you for your patience and support.

A request for comment from Tribune Publishing was not immediately returned.

Marisa Kollias, spokesperson for Tribune Publishing, wrote in a statement to NPR's David Folkenflik: "On Friday, some of the print production systems at Tribune Publishing were interfered with, causing a delay in our production schedule".

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