Computer virus disrupts production of newspapers

Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear

Origin of virus that hobbled newspapers still unclear

The LA Times said Saturday that the attack, which was first assumed to have been a server outage, hit a computer network at Tribune Publishing which is connected to the production and printing process of multiple newspapers around the country.

"One company insider, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said the corrupted Tribune Publishing computer files contained the extension '.ryk'". 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.

Media company's spokeswoman Marisa Kollias assured subscribers and advertising clients in a statement cited by the media that their personal details had not been compromised. "News and all of our regular features are available online".

The attack is believed to have come from outside the USA, the LA Times said. Technology teams made significant progress in fixing the problem, but were unable to clear all systems before press time.

The source of the attacks was a "foreign entity", according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.

In an internal memo, Tribune CEO Justin Dearborn said "workarounds" were created in order to print the affected papers' Saturday editions.

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The cyberattack is said to have begun late on Thursday and couldn't be immediately fixed.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience". At The Baltimore Sun, for example, the usual comics and puzzles were not included in Saturday's print edition, the paper tweeted.

New York Times and Palm Beach Post readers in South Florida also failed to receive their Saturday editions because the Sun-Sentinel also prints those newspapers. When subscribers tried to call the paper, they were erroneously told that the numbers were out of service.

The Ventura County Star, owned by Gannett Co.

The Southern California editions of the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times were affected as well, according to Light. Those newspapers will be delivered today, the company said.

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

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