SOPHOS: US newspapers battle ransomware

by John E. Dunn

As if the US newspaper industry doesn’t have enough to contend with, on the morning of 29 December one of its largest publishing groups, Tribune Media, found itself battling a major ransomware attack.

This caused big problems for many newspapers in its stable including the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News, as well as the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, sold last year but share Tribune Media’s publishing platform.

The disruption varied from title to title, but in most cases, Saturday’s delivery was delayed for up to 24 hours while others were printed without regular sections.

Even The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which were not directly affected but share an LA printing press for some editions, were disrupted.

But who was to blame?

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