While newspapers are often looked at as an antiquated news deliver system and ancient means of entertainment, there are still many subscribers across the U.S. who look forward to getting the latest edition every day. Those individuals were left empty handed on Saturday morning when a Cyberattack halted the distribution of many major newspapers across the United States.
This cyberattack caused by malware was able to cause some huge problems with both printing the papers and their means of delivery. Affected by the attack were The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Los Angeles Times claims this cyberattack came from somewhere outside the United States. The attack was large enough that it also cause chaos with the West Coast editions of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. These are both printed at the Los Angeles Times facility.
The cyberattack was able to cripple software systems responsible for storing news stories, photos and all of the administrative information needed to get the papers up and out of the printing facility. Because of this, it was nearly impossible to create the plates used to print the papers inside the downtown plant.
No further details are being released at this time about the origin of the attack, but publications within Tribune Publishing and the San Diego Union-Tribune were thrown into disarray. Tribune Publishing said this in a statement.
The personal data of our subscribers, online users, and advertising clients has not been compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank our readers and advertising partners for their patience as we investigate the situation. News and all of our regular features are available online."
The problems stemming from the Cyberattack were first discovered on Friday. The technology housed at the Los Angeles Times has been able to make some major strides in fixing the problem as it now stands. The Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times did eventually make it to newsstands yesterday, but it arrived quite late in the day.
It is expected that regular distribution will begin today, on Sunday. And everything will be back up and running as normal continuing into the long New Year's Eve holiday weekend.