Cyber attack hits the US newspaper distribution

(Reuters) – A cyber attack caused major printing and delivery failures on Saturday at the Los Angeles Times and other major AMERICAN newspapers, including the property of the Tribune Publishing Co. (TPCO.O) such as the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun.

A masked man has a laptop computer as a cyber-code is projected on him in this illustration photo taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

The cyber attack appeared to originate outside the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

The attack led to the distribution of delays in the Saturday edition of The Times, the Tribune, the Sun and the other newspapers that share a production platform in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Tribune Publishing, whose newspapers the New York Daily News and the Orlando Sentinel, said it first detected malware on Friday.

The west coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times were affected, as they are also printed on the shared production platform, the Los Angeles Times said.

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

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

The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Most of the San Diego Union-Tribune subscribers without a newspaper on Saturday as the virus infected the company’s systems and bring the ability to publish, the paper’s editor and publisher Jeff Light wrote on her website.

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

“We are aware of reports of a potential cyber incident affecting various news outlets, and in cooperation with our government and industry partners understanding of the situation,” said DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman in a statement.

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

Reporting By Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Andrew Hay; Editing by David Gregorio

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