Computer virus hits Tribune Publishing, Los Angeles Times

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A malware attack is suspected of preventing production on Saturday of several newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. The West Coast editions of the two NY papers are printed at the same Los Angeles printing facility as the L.A. Times.

Jeff Light, editor and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune, began Saturday morning by issuing an apology.

A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major USA newspapers, including ones owned by the Tribune Publishing Co.

According to reporting from The Los Angeles Times, the company believes the production of other newspapers may also be affected but has yet to confirm details.

Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers also include the New York Daily News and Orlando Sentinel, said it first detected the malware on Friday and reported it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Technology teams from both companies made significant progress against the threat, but were unable to clear all systems before press time", Light wrote.

The Tribune confirmed that customer information remained safe and news websites were still working properly.

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Tribune Publishing said malware was detected on its servers Friday.

The Times said the company "is investigating whether the computer problems were the result of a cyberattack by a third party".

While newspapers are often looked at as an antiquated news deliver system and ancient means of entertainment, there are still many subscribers across the US who look forward to getting the latest edition every day.

In Baltimore, usual comics and puzzles were not included in Saturday's print edition, the paper tweeted. The Orlando Sentinel subscribers received their papers on time, according to a Tribune Publishing executive.

Light said the digital replica of the paper was also affected.

While the publications' websites weren't affected, customer service phone lines and time card systems were offline for some time. "When people think of malware, the impression may be, 'It's a little program that runs on my computer, '" Dixon said.

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