Computer virus hits US newspapers, delaying printed editions
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Computer virus hits US newspapers, delaying printed editions

Los Angeles Times says cyber attack appears to have originated outside of the United States

A view of the Los Angeles Times Building in the Civic Center district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. (Wikipedia/Visitor7/CC BY-SA)
A view of the Los Angeles Times Building in the Civic Center district of Downtown Los Angeles, California. (Wikipedia/Visitor7/CC BY-SA)

LOS ANGELES, California — A computer virus has hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the US. The attack is believed to have come from outside the US, the Los Angeles Times said.

Tribune Publishing said a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers.

The print edition of the Chicago Tribune was published Saturday without paid death notices and classified ads, while in other markets a similarly slimmed-down version of the Saturday newspaper will be delivered on Sunday, the company said.

“This issue has affected the timeliness and in some cases the completeness of our printed newspapers. Our websites and mobile applications however, have not been impacted,” Tribune Publishing spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said in a statement.

A printing press (photo credit:Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)
Illustrative: A printing press (photo credit:Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Tribune Publishing reported the attack to the FBI on Friday, the Chicago Tribune said.

The virus that hit Los Angeles also prevented the print and delivery of Saturday editions of the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and other papers to some subscribers, including West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

The Los Angeles Times, which runs the facility, said the computer virus infected systems that are associated with the printing process.

Spokeswoman Hillary Manning said the paper has been working to fix the issues but added that Sunday deliveries may be affected as well.

Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong bought both the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune earlier this year for $500 million.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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