An alleged malware attack affected the main US newspapers. UU During the weekend.
According to what was initially thought of as a server outage, the attack delayed the distribution of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday, according to the Times.
On Saturday afternoon, the company suspected that the attack had originated outside the United States. UU., But did not reveal any additional details about its origins or the evidence that led to the belief that it came from abroad.
“We believe that the intention of the attack was to disable the infrastructure, more specifically the servers, instead of looking to steal information,” a source told the Times.
The attack also affected the properties of Tribune Publishing, which owns the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune until June, when it was sold to biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong.
The Chicago Tribune said its print edition was published without paid death notices and classified ads, while other Tribune newspapers had a reduced version of Saturday’s issue delivered on a Sunday.
A spokesperson for the Tribune Publishing Company said “there is no evidence that the customer’s credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised.”
A disruption to our print production systems caused delays in the delivery of some of our newspapers Saturday. We apologize to all of our readers for the inconvenience. https://t.co/KmVYE7FpNu
— Tribune Publishing Company (@tribpub) 30 December 2018
A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security told Reuters he was aware of the situation.
“We are aware of reports of a possible cyber incident that affects various media outlets, and we are working with our government and industry partners to better understand the situation,” DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement.
Malware attacks have become increasingly common among businesses, crippling infrastructure and in a case of Alaska earlier this year, forcing employees to go back to typewriters and manual writing receipts.