Cyber attack hits major US newspapers

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A piece of malware infected multiple computers belonging to publishing companies in the States, resulting in a bunch of newspapers not being out on time this past weekend.

According to Reuters, late last week, malware had infected computers belonging to Tribune Publishing Co, which is why the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun have been disrupted.

Also, the Los Angeles Times, Tribune, Sun, New York Daily News, Orlando Sentinel, as well as 'other newspapers' were affected. The LA Times is saying the attack originated from outside the States, but financial data is safe.

Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said the virus hurt back-office systems used to publish and produce “newspapers across our properties.”

“There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised,” Kollias said in a statement

A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security said it was studying the situation.

“We are aware of reports of a potential cyber incident affecting several news outlets, and are working with our government and industry partners to better understand the situation,” said DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman in a statement.

Yesterday, LA Times said delivery operations for Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as 'other papers' is back on track.

“We acted promptly to secure the environment while ... creating workarounds to ensure we could print our newspapers,” Kollias said. “The personal data of our subscribers, online users, and advertising clients has not been compromised.”

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