Michael Levenson at The New York Times:

A possible cyberattack on The Philadelphia Inquirer disrupted the newspaper’s print operation over the weekend and prompted it to close its newsroom through at least Tuesday, when its staff will be covering an expensive and fiercely contested mayoral primary.

Elizabeth H. Hughes, the publisher and chief executive of The Inquirer, said that the newspaper discovered “anomalous activity on select computer systems” on Thursday and “immediately took those systems offline.”

But The Inquirer was unable to print its regular Sunday edition, the newspaper reported. Instead, print subscribers received a Sunday “early edition,” which went to press on Friday night. The newspaper also reported on Sunday that its ability to post and update stories on its website, Inquirer.com, was “sometimes slower than normal.”

One thing the Inquirer has always done well is report on itself, and in an article from Jonathan Lai, it’s noted that:

“Employees would not be allowed into The Inquirer’s offices through at least Tuesday because of the ongoing disruptions, Hughes said in an internal email update Sunday night. She said the company was “looking into coworking space for Tuesday,” meaning Inquirer journalists would be unable to use their newsroom on election night. However, Hughes said that the situation won’t affect coverage.”

The timing could not be any more shitty. It’s election day, so running that remotely or at some borrowed space would be a pain in the ass. I worked a bunch of elections at channel 3 and it was all hands on deck for those nights, with a lot of moving parts.

That said, who do we think is responsible for this? It’s gotta be election related. Maybe one of the billionaire dark money Super PAC people is behind this. What’s that Main Line dude’s name? Jeffrey Yass? Put him on the short list (ALLEGEDLY). Maybe George Soros is involved. Perhaps the culprit also paired this with some election fraud and ballot stuffing, then tried to shut down the Inquirer to prevent reporting on the crime. That’s just me spit balling here, I have no clue. Could be anyone. Could be Russia, could be Boston.

The good thing is that Crossing Broad has not been compromised by a cyberattack, because we have excellent security and a staff of only 2.5 people. Rest assured that if the Inquirer is having trouble getting the news out on election night, we are happy to offer help and step up to the plate to help our colleagues in journalism. It’s coverage you can count on.