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Computer virus disrupts production at major newspapers

2018-12-31 11:44 by


A suspected malware attack disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and several other major newspapers around the country this weekend.

The Los Angeles Times, citing "several individuals with knowledge of the Tribune situation," reported that the attack appeared to be in the form of "Ryuk" ransomware. An advisory by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' cybersecurity program earlier this year described "Ryuk" attacks as "highly-targeted, well-resourced and planned."

By Sunday, production and delivery were back on track at all the papers, Marisa Kollias, a Tribune Publishing spokeswoman, said in a statement.

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

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