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NYT, WSJ Say They're Targets of Chinese Hackers

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Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have been infiltrated by alleged Chinese hackers.

Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times report that they are being probed by Chinese hackers, and are likely part of a larger scheme that includes last year's attack on Bloomberg. These hackers are supposedly sifting through news-gathering systems of outlets that are reporting on "touchy" subjects related to China.

"The attacks appear to be part of a broader computer espionage campaign against American news media companies that have reported on Chinese leaders and corporations," the Times states.

But it's just not a simple probing where the alleged hackers are merely reading the news. The New York Times claim they're actually hacking into the network and stealing passwords of high-profile reporters and other staff members. The "cyber assaults" have taken place over the last four months ever since the Times investigated Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.

The Times said that it has worked with computer security experts to monitor, study and "erect better defenses to block" the hackers. In turn, these security experts reportedly accumulated "digital evidence that Chinese hackers, using methods that some consultants have associated with the Chinese military in the past, breached The Times's network."

Naturally the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied any hacking attempts, saying that the allegations are "groundless, irresponsible accusations lacking solid proof or reliable research results." The Chinese Ministry of National Defense added that the country's military has never supported any hacker activities.

Meanwhile, the Journal also confirmed that its network had been hacked. "Evidence shows that infiltration efforts target the monitoring of the Journal's coverage of China, and are not an attempt to gain commercial advantage or to misappropriate customer information," stated parent company Dow Jones & Co.

The Journal also went on to note that attempts had been made to infiltrate Bloomberg's systems but the hackers were unable to breach the company's secured network. Reuters was also hacked twice back in August, but the news service was unable to confirm the source.

Unnamed sources said that the FBI has been investigating media hacking events for more than a year. The Bureau considers the hacking a national-security matter, believed to be part of a long-running pattern by a "foreign entity" to "compromise the security of major U.S. Companies." Evidence suggests that the hacking was conducted largely by one group focused on media companies. It's even been described as "a swarm of relatively unsophisticated but persistent attempts to gain access."

 

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    KelvinTy , February 2, 2013 1:59 AM
    I wonder if US hackers hack around other nations' network, would it ever make it to the news...
    Or even Russian hacker groups...
    There are a lot of hackers in the world, why point the finger at China and China only?
    Not that I like China, but dirty politics is dirty, you want to get stuffs passthrough, you start a fire to lit the community up...
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    curnel_D , February 2, 2013 2:36 AM
    A more properly written article on identical news, already on the Toms front page:
    http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/new_your_times-wall_street_journal-cyberattack-hacker,1-865.html

    Perhaps check the front page before you submit duplicate articles, Kevin?
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    fnh , February 2, 2013 2:39 AM
    Nah, the Chinese hackers were more interested in this from WSJ:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/PS4-Release-Date-Specs-Rumors-Launch-Event,20841.html
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    cewhidx , February 2, 2013 6:02 AM
    Does this mean that the PS4 rumors are bogus?? :p 
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    MajinCry , February 2, 2013 11:55 AM
    Why did people thumb down KelvinTy?

    You'd think folk would know about a thing called "propaganda".
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    Gundam288 , February 2, 2013 3:00 PM
    fnhNah, the Chinese hackers were more interested in this from WSJ:http://www.tomshardware.com/news/P [...] 20841.html

    Oh man, reminds me of the old rumor that the Chinese were stealing PS2s off the boats for the chips. Some people were saying that they could guide missiles and that's why the Chinese wanted them.
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    curnel_D , February 2, 2013 3:59 PM
    KelvinTyI wonder if US hackers hack around other nations' network, would it ever make it to the news...Or even Russian hacker groups...There are a lot of hackers in the world, why point the finger at China and China only?Not that I like China, but dirty politics is dirty, you want to get stuffs passthrough, you start a fire to lit the community up...

    Sure, there are Russian hackers, US hackers, etc. But China is the only one blatantly attacking our civilian sites for no other reason than hopeful censorship and bad press, while acting like a 7 year old caught with their hand in the cookie jar. (Nu-uh. I didn't do it, that wasn't me *hand still in the jar*)
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    10tacle , February 2, 2013 6:36 PM
    curnel_DBut China is the only one blatantly attacking our civilian sites for no other reason than hopeful censorship and bad press


    Thank you for an intelligent and factual rebuttal that goes to the root of the issue here: Chinese censorship. They might be able to control their own media and misinformation, but we will be damned in the West if they ever attempt it with ours. To hell with China.
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    Anonymous , February 2, 2013 8:01 PM
    funny you say "guide missiles" there a bit in the terms and condtions about not using for that. i read it in when i was bored looking through the small print that came with my ps2
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    f-14 , February 2, 2013 11:40 PM
    with in days, also the FBI was the one who traced the sources back to 2 providences in china one which happened to be the same military complex in china that hacked lockheed and downloaded their stealth tech
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