Philadelphia Inquirer Unable to Print Sunday Paper

May 22, 2023


The Philadelphia Inquirer was hit with a cyberattack that resulted in significant disruptions to its operations. It was unable to print its Sunday paper on May 14, and it had to scramble to restore several systems. The paper closed its office through Tuesday and the newspaper is working with “third-party forensic specialists from Kroll to restore systems and fully investigate the matter,” according to the emailed statement.

With the timing of the attack right before the city’s mayoral primary election, political motivation is a possibility. The Philadelphia Inquirer has not made any ransom demands public, nor is it clear if the information of employees or customers has been compromised, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer coverage.

Incident Date

May 11, 2023

Estimated Cost

Closed offices, unable to print Sunday paper

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified