Cyberattack causes delays in major newspapers’ distribution

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Several U.S. newspapers came under attack from apparent hackers on Saturday, preventing some from printing and distributing their daily editions.

The Sun Sentinel published a note to its readers on its website early Saturday morning promising delivery of Saturday's paper, including coupons and advertising sections, together with Sunday's editions.

Foreign hackers reportedly crashed vital software at the Los Angeles Times and several other United States newspapers, triggering delays in production and widespread distribution problems.

Among the affected newspapers were the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune and the San Diego Union-Tribune as well as the New York Times' and the Wall Street Journal's West Coast editions. The Union-Tribune, a former Tribune Publishing newspaper, still uses the company's production software.

According to reporting from The Los Angeles Times, the company believes the production of other newspapers may also be affected but has yet to confirm details.

In a note posted on the Union-Tribune's website, Light described a computer virus that affected the computer systems for Tribune Publishing, the media company that used to own the Union-Tribune and now owns multiple newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel.

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Each of them is printed in California at the Los Angeles Times' downtown printing plant.

"Every market across the company was impacted", Kollias told the Times.

"There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised", Kollias said.

10News received multiple calls from viewers who did not receive the Saturday edition of the paper.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security said it was studying the situation.

It wasn't immediately clear if Sunday deliveries would be affected as well, though Light said updates would be provided as more information becomes available.

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