In brief: A number of major United States newspapers had their printing and delivery processes disrupted yesterday after they were hit with a cyberattack.
The attack led to distribution delays in the Saturday edition of The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and several other major newspapers that operate on a shared production platform.
The Saturday edition of the Chicago Tribune was published without paid death notices and classified ads, according to the newspaper.
"Every market across the company was impacted", said Marisa Kollias, spokeswoman for Tribune Publishing.
The company also said it is "making progress" to resolve publishing issues, and has reported the attack to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Those newspapers were delivered on Sunday, the company said.
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The Tribune Publishing spokeswoman also said "there is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised".
The Los Angeles Times, which runs the facility, says the computer virus infected systems that are associated with the printing process.
According to a report released over the summer by cyber threat intelligence company Check Point Research, Ryuk malware was first detected earlier in the year, and had hit three large organizations in the USA and outside the country. The Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times did eventually make it to newsstands yesterday, but it arrived quite late in the day.
She declined to provide specifics on the disruptions, but the company properties include The Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Annapolis Capital-Gazette, Hartford Courant, New York Daily News, Orlando Sentinel and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
People pass the Los Angeles Times office in Los Angeles, California, in July 2018. Also printed at its Deerfield Beach printing plant are The Palm Beach Post and The New York Times.