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Chicago Sun-Times website victim of weekend cyber attack

Chi-Sun-TimesThe domain name registrar that serves the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper experienced a cyber attack on Saturday, leaving some readers unable to access the website over the weekend and into Monday morning.

The paper said it was posting major updates on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

Sun-Times Managing Editor Craig Newman wrote that the paper’s website “fell victim to a cyber attack” after the domain name vendor used by the company had a “security issue.”

Newman wrote on Saturday that it could take “some hours…before all traces of the attack have been eradicated,” though some readers were still complaining of site issues as of Monday morning.

Personal information of subscribers and suntimes.com readers was not affected by the attack, Newman wrote.

Chicago Sun-Times: Domain name service used by paper hacked

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).