Suspected Hack Disrupts Major Newspapers

Newspaper cyberattack

A cyberattack disrupted several major newspapers printed by Tribune Publishing shortly before New Year’s Day.

Print versions of the Chicago Tribute, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, West Coast editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and others were the suspected targets of Ryuk, a ransomware program that propagates through computer networks in order to take them offline. A similar attack disabled a North Carolina water utility in late 2018.

Tribune Publishing issued a statement following the attack, saying that they were continuing “to investigate the diagnosis and remediation of the malware that impacted a portion of our back-office systems.”

The company also announced that they had reported the incident to the FBI, and that no customer information was compromised in the attack.

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