LA Times malware attack

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Los Angeles and other major U.S. newspapers have become the target of malware attack. The source suspected that the attack was originated from the outside of US but there was no evidence. This malware attack caused to delay the distribution of Saturday editions of the Los Angeles Times as well as San Diego Union-Tribune.

“We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information,” said the source. But still, the exact motive of attackers is vague, so the company didn’t provide details.

The company confirmed that the subscribers’ personal data, online users, and advertising clients have not been compromised.

The technical team started working on this issue when the company identified it as malware attack, but unfortunately, the programmers were unable to isolate the bug. With every attempt, the problem was increasing.

Jeff Light, the publisher, and editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune stated that the San Diego was particularly hard hit by this malware attack which resulted in the delay of 85% to 90% of the Saturday edition of the Union-Tribune.

“We are aware of reports of a potential cyber incident affecting several news outlets, and are working with our government and industry partners to better understand the situation.” Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Last year, WannaCry ransomware disrupted lots of computers worldwide. As per the reports, thousands of computers are still infected by WannaCry. Now this anonymous malware attack has become troublesome for major U.S. newspapers.

Let’s wait for the detailed information regarding this malware attack.

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