News on hold: Malware hits LA Times, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal

For many, weekends mean lounging around with a cup of coffee and the newspaper. However, on December 29, 2018, readers of the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Wall Street Journal: Weekend had their routine disrupted. Tribune Publishing, the publisher of America’s largest circulating papers, was hit with a malware attack. As a result, printing and distribution was affected, and customers’ papers arrived later than expected.

“Every market across the company was impacted,” said Marisa Kollias, spokeswoman for Tribune Publishing, but personally identifiable information was not compromised.

Tribune Publishing believes the malware attack came from outside the U.S. Computers storing photos, stories, and other information stopped operating, which caused problems creating the plates used to run the print job of the papers. An investigation is underway.

Malware protection

Publishers and other organizations should have malware protection in place. Protecting against a broad range of malware (including computer viruses, worms, spyware, botnet software, and ransomware) and including options for virus removal will protect your computer, your privacy, and your important documents from attack.

Are you at risk? Avoid the following practices:

  • No malware protection software installed on systems
  • No anti-malware software installed on all devices that are connected to the Internet
  • Anti-malware solutions that do not automatically update and conduct regular scans
  • Anti-malware solutions that do not perform website blacklisting
  • Failure to configure malware protection software to scan files automatically upon access, such as when downloading or opening files, or accessing web pages

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