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A suspected malware computer virus from overseas caused thousands of newspaper readers around the nation to miss their Saturday print editions, observed Grumpy Editor.

Especially hit hard was the Southwest U.S. where silent presses affected readers of the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Times and others. 

The virus caused problems at the downtown Los Angeles Times production facility that also prints regional editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. 

The Times said the problem was first detected Friday and technology teams made progress but were unable to clear all systems before press time.

All publications within The Times’ former parent company, Tribune Publishing, had problems with print production Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, which were previously owned by Tribune Publishing still share some production technology with the company.

Tribune Publishing said malware affected its ability to print newspapers across its chain of outlets, including the Chicago Tribune,  New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun and Orlando Sentinel.

The computer malware was detected Friday and "impacted some back-office systems which are primarily used to publish and produce newspapers across our properties," said a Tribune spokesperson.


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