Computer Virus Disrupts Delivery Of San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times

A computer hacker

The suspected attack prevented the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun and other papers from publishing paid death notices and classified ads Saturday.

In a note posted on the Union-Tribune's website, Light described a computer virus that affected the computer systems for Tribune Publishing, the media company that used to own the Union-Tribune and now owns multiple newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel.

Representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation were not immediately available for comment.

The cyberattack was able to cripple software systems responsible for storing news stories, photos and all of the administrative information needed to get the papers up and out of the printing facility. "Thank you for your patience and support as we address the infection".

For Tribune subscribers, "there is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised", Kollias added. But Tribune Publishing has said no news websites were affected and no customer information was compromised.

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Writing about the malware attack, the Los Angeles Times explains: "Technology teams worked feverishly to quarantine the computer virus, but it spread through Tribune Publishing's network and reinfected systems crucial to the news production and printing process".

Saturday editions of suburban Chicago newspapers the Lake County News-Sun and Post-Tribune will also be among those to be delivered on Sunday.

The Chicago Tribune, which also reported on the disruption of its own operations, called it a computer virus. Under an ongoing transition agreement, Tribune Publishing, formerly known as Tronc, continues to print the two West Coast newspapers and provide other essential services.

Light said the digital replica of the paper was also affected. The Sun Sentinel told readers that they would receive their Saturday issue along with their Sunday papers. The Times said the source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. "It's serious attacks, not small stuff anymore".

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