Global news app PressReader says it’s back up after cyberattack

The outage knocked the apps of several U.S. newspapers offline.
Photo Credit: PressReader

Digital media company PressReader was hit with a cyberattack late last week, the company confirmed Monday on Twitter, but its operations are now fully up and running — though some content published during the delay in operations is still being uploaded.

The company said it did not see any evidence that customer data was compromised in the Thursday attack. The attack came just days after the site pulled Russian publications. There is no evidence the two events are related.

PressReader is a subscription app that works with hotels, airlines and public institutions like libraries to automatically grant guests access to a library of more than 7,000 publications as soon as they connect to the company’s network. The platform has more than 12 million monthly active users, according to its website. It bills itself as “the world’s largest digital newsstand.”

The outage affected at least a half-dozen U.S.-based publications that use PressReader’s technology for their own apps and online infrastructure.


“While we are still investigating the full scope of the incident, what we can share is that the PressReader team has been working around the clock to ensure that we stand alongside our partners in our commitment to the free press and the distribution of quality journalism,” the company said in a tweet, adding that “this commitment has never been more important.”

The company has expressed support for Ukraine and in February opened up its content to Ukrainians for free in light of the Russia conflict.

PressReader did not immediately respond to a request for comment for additional information.

Russia declared war against Ukraine on Feb. 24., 2022. Before, during and after the military campaign began, the CyberScoop staff has been tracking the cyber dimensions of the conflict.

This story was featured in CyberScoop Special Report: War in Ukraine

Tonya Riley

Written by Tonya Riley

Tonya Riley covers privacy, surveillance and cryptocurrency for CyberScoop News. She previously wrote the Cybersecurity 202 newsletter for The Washington Post and before that worked as a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. Her work has appeared in Wired, CNBC, Esquire and other outlets. She received a BA in history from Brown University. You can reach Tonya with sensitive tips on Signal at 202-643-0931. PR pitches to Signal will be ignored and should be sent via email.

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