Mal­ware dis­rupts news­pa­per presses across US

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - News -

A com­puter virus hit news­pa­per print­ing plants in Los An­ge­les and at news­pa­pers across the coun­try, pre­vent­ing the print­ing and de­liv­ery of Satur­day edi­tions of the Los An­ge­les Times, the San Diego Union-Tri­bune and other pa­pers to some sub­scribers.

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

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

Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing, which owns the Chicago Tri­bune, was also im­pacted by the mal­ware, with the South Florida Sun Sen­tinel, for ex­am­ple, un­able to pro­duce its pa­per in time for Satur­day de­liv­ery.

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.

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

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