Journalists' Yahoo Mail accounts hacked in China

Just days after Google moved its search business out of mainland China, some journalists have discovered they have had their Yahoo mail accounts tampered with.

According to Reuters, Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times in Beijing had his Yahoo account mail set to forward to another address and Kathleen McLaughlin, a freelance journalist in Beijing, was unable to acess her account. Yahoo refused to confirm how the accounts were breached and whether they were part of a broader issue or just isolated incidents.

"Yahoo! condemns all cyber attacks regardless of origin or purpose," spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek told Reuters news agency. "We are committed to protecting user security and privacy and we take appropriate action in the event of any kind of breach."

Human rights activists and journalists who report on activities in China discovered their accounts had been tampered with in early January this year. Google revealed that in mid-December 2009, they, along with a number of other large companies in the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors, were targeted in a sophisticated cyber-attack. This attack on their infrastructure originated in China, and resulted in the theft of intellectual property. As a result of the attacks Google announced it would stop censoring search results in China and forwarded its Google.cn domain to Hong Kong earlier this month.

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So is yahoo going to make a huge brou ha ha about taking the high road and leaving china and uncencoring results and sticing it to the communist man?
meh...

Einlander said,
So is yahoo going to make a huge brou ha ha about taking the high road and leaving china and uncencoring results and sticing it to the communist man?
meh...

+1

Disconnect China from rest of the world, they dont deserve it.

Now many will comment improve security, it is always like a cat and mouse race and cant be patched 100%.

Shishant said,
Disconnect China from rest of the world, they dont deserve it.

Yeah, isolate a sixth of the world's population because the government of the bit of land they happened to be born in has different views on the world than the rest of us!

Shishant said,
Disconnect China from rest of the world, they dont deserve it.

Now many will comment improve security, it is always like a cat and mouse race and cant be patched 100%.


It's like china have something with the rest of the world (or better.. with big companies) and always hack(or crack)something. I'm tired reading that china always hack something

what said,

Yeah, isolate a sixth of the world's population because the government of the bit of land they happened to be born in has different views on the world than the rest of us!

Yep. Do it.

what said,

Yeah, isolate a sixth of the world's population because the government of the bit of land they happened to be born in has different views on the world than the rest of us!


I don't see why not. Most Chinese completely support their government anyways.

what said,

Yeah, isolate a sixth of the world's population because the government of the bit of land they happened to be born in has different views on the world than the rest of us!


Yup, pull the plug on their giant oversized Linksys router that's supplying their internet access

Don't blame the majority for the actions of the minority. I know I'd be pretty ****ed off if I got my internet access blocked when Gary McKinnon hacked the pentagon network, and I know anyone in the USA would have been annoyed if they got their access cut off when Shawn Fanning got convicted of copyright infringement for Napster.

Don't be such hypocrites.

Magallanes said,
Propaganda 101 :

-demonizing the enemy. (Sadam Hussein is (was) the anti-christ, is a fact.)
-creating fear,uncertainty and doubt. (every single chinese is conspiring against our freedom).
-hiding local mistakes. (do you remember the last time that someone mentioned a american hacker?)
-rinse and repeat

btw :every decent hacker do their attack using relays and China is special for this purpose because most chinese server are poorly managed and protected.

Very nicely said good sir

Magallanes said,
Propaganda 101 :

-demonizing the enemy. (Sadam Hussein is (was) the anti-christ, is a fact.)
-creating fear,uncertainty and doubt. (every single chinese is conspiring against our freedom).
-hiding local mistakes. (do you remember the last time that someone mentioned a american hacker?)
-rinse and repeat

btw :every decent hacker do their attack using relays and China is special for this purpose because most chinese server are poorly managed and protected.

I agree with you 100%

I am wondering why a journalist from the New York Times would be using a Yahoo email, doesn't the New York Times have their own email systems?

acl2005 said,
I am wondering why a journalist from the New York Times would be using a Yahoo email, doesn't the New York Times have their own email systems?

They do, and they're also a Western newspaper. I'm sure NYT traffic doesn't get through the government firewall very well.

Glendi said,
And suddenly china is hacking like ****, huh? This does sound fishy.

i think its more that ppl are saying something about it more now
the field im in, its nothing new that the chinese are the source of most of the suspicious traffic, but only recently since google made a big deal of it that people are talking about it

so it seems like china is the only hacker in the world huh?
people are just taking advantage and assuming whatever when none of us really know what the truth story is.

Rather than "being hacked", I think Yahoo satisfied PRC's requests by providing access to Journalists's account for further business opportunities in China.

It is sad to be ruled by fascism.

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