LANCASTER PA – Foreign ransomware extortionists disabled access to some critical Steinman Communications systems and computer files that continues to limit the company’s ability to publish a complete newspaper.

The attackers demanded Steinman Communications pay an undisclosed sum of money.  Company officials declined to say whether they intend to pay the ransom.

A cybersecurity firm hired by Steinman Communications has been working on the company’s systems since the attack was discovered on Sept. 30 and reported the matter to the FBI.

Steinman Communications owns LNP Media Group, which publishes LNP and several weekly newspapers, including Lancaster Farming, the leading newspaper for farmers and agricultural industry leaders the mid-Atlantic region; three community newspapers, The Ephrata Review, Lititz Record-Express and Elizabethtown Advocate; and The Caucus, an investigative newspaper covering state government.

No evidence indicates the cyberattacker obtained subscriber payment information.

The company isn’t sure when it will be completely up and running like normal.