‘Los Angeles Times’ making ‘progress’ in wake of cyberattack

Attack on Tribune Publishing systems disrupts production on a raft of newspapers

Tribune Publishing said it is working “across our organisation and employing many external expert resources to help contain the malware”. File photograph: Getty Images

Tribune Publishing said it is working “across our organisation and employing many external expert resources to help contain the malware”. File photograph: Getty Images

 

Tribune Publishing used “workaround systems” to help print major US newspapers including the Los Angeles Times on Sunday and Monday as the company recovers from a cyberattack, according to a source.

The company has made “lots of progress” in repairing infected computer systems. Still, the Tribune’s network has not yet been restored to normal, according to the source.

The cyberattack on the company’s back office systems was identified on Friday and disrupted production of Saturday editions of papers that use its production platform. That included Tribune-owned papers such as the Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel, as well as publications that use part of its production platform, including the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Tribune.

It is the latest in a string of cyberattacks that have disrupted operations at manufacturing plants, hospitals, 911 emergency dispatch centres and companies around the world.

These kinds of cyberattacks are often extortion schemes in which hackers use a type of computer virus known as “ransomware” that cripples networks, then offers to restore access in exchange for a payment.

Tribune has not said if ransomware was used in the attack, identified any suspects or discussed possible motivations.

“We are working across our organisation and employing many external expert resources to help contain the malware, remediate any lingering issues and protect our environment,” said Tribune on Monday.

The attack only affected newspaper production and did not compromise data of readers or advertisers, said Tribune. – Reuters