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Hackers Cripple U.S. Newspapers

Paul Rubens - December 31, 2018 - 06:22 AM
Hackers Cripple U.S. Newspapers
Titles including the Los Angeles Times were affected by malware which was planted on computers at a printing plant.

(CCM) — A cyberattack on Tribune Publishing disrupted the production and distribution of newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Baltimore Sun on Saturday, according to a BBC report. The attack, which came from outside the U.S, affected the Los Angeles printing plant used by all of these titles, according to the report. West Coast editions of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal were also affected, the report added.

The hackers' aim appears to have been specifically to disrupt newspaper production by planting malware, according to an anonymous source quoted in the report. "We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information," the source said.

Tribune Publishing was not the only newspaper company targeted by hackers during the weekend: the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel was also "crippled this weekend by a computer virus that shut down production and hampered phone lines," the publication said on its website.

It is not yet clear whether this is a coincidence or part of a concerted effort by a hacker group to hamper newspaper production throughout the country. "We are aware of reports of a potential cyber incident affecting several news outlets and are working with our government and industry partners to better understand the situation," a Department of Homeland Security official said in the report.

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