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Computer virus hampers San Diego Union-Tribune's Saturday delivery

Computer virus hampers San Diego Union-Tribune's Saturday delivery

The Los Angeles Times newspaper cited a source familiar with the matter as saying Saturday that the alleged attack impacted the software systems used to produce the papers, but no data was leaked.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is said to have been hit particularly hard, as 85 to 90 percent of its Saturday edition didn't reach its subscribers.

Tribune Publishing, which owns or helps print the affected newspapers - The Times, the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, as well as West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times - admitted delays on Twitter. This has caused delayed and incomplete printing of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and other publications which are printed at our facility.

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All papers within Tribune Publishing, experienced glitches with the production of papers.

The Sun Sentinel's production plant in Deerfield Beach also prints the New York Times and the Palm Beach Post, which were also affected.

"We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience".

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No other details about the origin of the attack were immediately available, including the motive.

Marisa Kollias, spokesperson for Tribune Publishing, wrote in a statement to NPR's David Folkenflik: "On Friday, some of the print production systems at Tribune Publishing were interfered with, causing a delay in our production schedule". Technology teams made significant progress in fixing the problem, but were unable to clear all systems before press time.

The computer problem shut down a number of crucial software systems that store news stories, photographs and administrative information, and made it hard to create the plates used to print the papers at the downtown plant.

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Manning said it is likely that Sunday paper delivery will be affected as well. In the meantime, the newspaper directed readers to its digital editions, which were unaffected by the virus.