Due to what the newspaper calls a cyberattack, The Philadelphia Inquirer had its business operations significantly disrupted for the first time in 27 years.
After a cyber intrusion delayed the printing of the newspaper’s Sunday print edition, the corporation was attempting to resume print operations, according to an article on the Inquirer’s website.
The website for the news organization was still accessible on Sunday, albeit updates were less frequent than usual, according to the Inquirer.
Lisa Hughes, the publisher of the Inquirer, stated on Sunday that “we are currently unable to provide an exact timeline” for the newspaper systems to recover fully.
In an email in response to queries from the newspaper’s staff, Hughes stated, “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we try to completely restore systems and conclude this investigation as quickly as possible.
The attack was first discovered when staff members found the newspaper’s content-management system was broken on Saturday morning.
According to Hughes, The Inquirer “detected anomalous activity on a few computer systems and immediately took those systems offline.”
Since a severe blizzard hit Pennsylvania in January 1996, the cyberattack has caused the most significant disruption to publishing the state’s leading news company, according to the Inquirer.
The cyberattack occurs before Tuesday’s primary election for mayor. Hughes claimed that despite journalists being unable to access the newsroom on election night, the operational disruption would not impact news coverage of the election.
According to Hughes, additional Inquirer employees won’t be permitted to utilize offices until at least Tuesday and the business was looking at coworking options for that day, according to the Inquirer.
According to Hughes, the company has notified the FBI while an investigation into the scope and particular targets of the attack is continuing.
Inquirer reporters contacted the FBI in Philadelphia, which declined to comment, according to the newspaper.