Several important newspapers of the United States, including the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, among others, have suffered a cyber-attack that seems to have been originated outside the country, local media reported today.
The cyber-attack caused delays in the distribution of Saturday's print edition of the two newspapers mentioned and the West Coast editions of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which are printed at the same printing plant, according to a source cited by the Los Angeles Times.
Likewise, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun, among others, were also affected.
"We believe that the intention of the attack was to disable the infrastructure, more specifically the servers, instead of searching or stealing information," a source with knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times, who spoke with the newspaper anonymously.
Neither the motive nor the origin of the attack was revealed by that source, which nevertheless identified the attacking entity as "foreign."
The publisher Tribune Publishing, the owner of some of the affected headers, said today in a communiqué that the personal data of its subscribers, online users, and advertising clients "have not been compromised."
"We apologize for any inconvenience and thank our readers and advertising partners for their patience as we investigate the situation, news, and all our regular functions are available online," the company said.
Sources at the Los Angeles Times pointed out that the cyber problem was first detected on Friday, causing a series of complications in the software systems that store news, photographs and administrative information.