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Malware assault halts distribution of Tribune papers along with L.A. Times in USA


A malware-ridden cyber-assault is suspected halting the printing of San Diego Union-Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune along with many other widely circulated newspapers all over USA, current weekend. Owing to the assault, there was delay in delivery of San Diego Union Tribune and Los Angeles Times on Saturday. There was even no delivery of New York Times and Wall Street Journal both papers' West Coast editions. The two papers' printing is done at Olympic printing studio of Los Angeles Times situated inside downtown LA.


On Thursday, the San Diego and The Times realized they had been targeted. The malware a PC-virus was behind the problem that affected the newspapers maintaining connection with Tribune Publishing. The virus compromised the software, which was essentially used for printing and production of the news. Tribune is the owner of Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Annapolis-based Capital Gazette, New York Daily News, along with other newspapers circulated all over the country.


Jeff Light publisher and editor of Union-Tribune wrote the newspaper company expressed its apologies to the customers because of the inconvenience caused. At the same time the company was thankful for its customers' support and patience while it dealt with the infection. The company was at work for restoration of full service
as well as maintenance of the availability of its journalism for readers in print as well as digitally. Marisa Kollias spokeswoman of Tribune Publishing stated that there was little clue of any compromise of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or credit card details of customers. She added that personal information belonging to the newspaper's subscribers, advertising clients and online readers too hadn't been compromised.
www.boston25news.com posted this, December 30, 2018.


Computer experts put together their efforts for quarantining the bug. Upon detecting the virus as causing outage of the server, technology teams effectively isolated it on Friday and restored the servers. Stating that the situation was being examined, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman informed that the department knew about certain cyber incident impacting many newspapers so it was at joint tasks with its industry partners and government for better comprehending the problem.


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