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Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:09:43 -0600 (CST)
By NICOLE PERLROTH
The New York Times
January 30, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently
attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting
passwords for its reporters and other employees.
After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help
erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts
have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in.
The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times
investigation, published online on Oct. 25, that found that the relatives of
Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several
billion dollars through business dealings.
Security experts hired by The Times to detect and block the computer attacks
gathered digital evidence that Chinese hackers, using methods that some
consultants have associated with the Chinese military in the past, breached The
Times’s network. They broke into the e-mail accounts of its Shanghai bureau
chief, David Barboza, who wrote the reports on Mr. Wen’s relatives, and Jim
Yardley, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief in India, who previously worked as
bureau chief in Beijing.
“Computer security experts found no evidence that sensitive e-mails or files
from the reporting of our articles about the Wen family were accessed,
downloaded or copied,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of The Times.
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