A cyber-attack on the world’s largest digital newspaper and magazine distributor left readers around the world unable to access more than 7000 publications.
PressReader, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and has offices in Dublin, Ireland and Manila, Philippines, began experiencing a network outage affecting its Branded Editions website and apps and its PressReader site on Thursday.
The global outage impacted all PressReader’s local, regional and international newspapers and magazines online on mobile devices and in print. Users in countries including Australia, Canada, the UK and the US were blocked from accessing titles, including The Guardian, Vogue, Forbes, and the New York Times.
By Friday night, the company’s security teams had classified the outage as “a cybersecurity incident.”
In a statement released March 4, PressReader said it was working to restore services and make content available to users. The company added that its investigation into the cyber-attack had not found any evidence that customer data had been compromised.