WSJ Hacked by China, Too

Bloomberg News was also a target

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 1, 2013 8:34 AM CST

(Newser) – It looks like Chinese hackers set their sights on more than one major US newspaper. On the heels of Wednesday night's announcement that the New York Times was infiltrated by hackers, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that it, too, was breached. While the Journal has been subject to repeated hacking attempts over the years, it learned of the latest attack last summer from the FBI. Hackers reportedly used computers in the Journal's Beijing bureau to enter the paper's global network; targets included Jeremy Page, who reported on Neil Heywood's murder.

Bloomberg News was also apparently targeted in 2012, though it says "no computer systems or computers were compromised," reports the New York Times. A December report by the computer security firm Mandiant notes that it uncovered evidence that some 30 Western journalists and media executives were targeted by Chinese hackers, who employ a "short list" of such prime targets. "Information is an existential threat to these regimes," said one security expert. Chinese officials continue to deny any connection to the cyberattacks.

A worker poses for photographs by holding a copy of Wednesday's Wall Street Journal newspaper above a stand with stacks of other newspapers at Victoria train station in London, Oct. 12, 2011.
A worker poses for photographs by holding a copy of Wednesday's Wall Street Journal newspaper above a stand with stacks of other newspapers at Victoria train station in London, Oct. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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