A cyber attack that seems to have originated outside the United States delayed on Saturday the distribution of the printed version of several of the most important newspapers in that country, according to one of the affected media.
The LA Times said the attack, which was initially believed to be a failure in the servers, affected a computer network of Tribune Publishing, related to the production and printing of several newspapers in the country.
As a result, the delivery of the LA Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune came late. In addition, the attack impacted on the west coast distribution of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which are printed at the LA Times plant.
The report does not detail figures of the affected subscribers, but a majority of LA Times customers received their newspapers on Saturday several hours late.
“We believe that the intention of the attack was to disable the infrastructure, more specifically the servers, instead of seeking to steal information,” the Times quoted a source close to the situation as saying.
The newspaper quoted officials as saying it was too early to know whether the attack was perpetrated by state or non-state actors.
“We are aware of the reports of a possible cyber incident that affects various media and we are working with our government and industry partners to better understand the situation,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.