News Corp email accounts targeted by hackers – Security
Digital intruders broke into News Corp’s email accounts and compromised the data of an unknown number of journalists.
News Corp said the breach was discovered in late January and affected emails and documents from what it described as a limited number of employees, including journalists.
He said cybersecurity firm Mandiant contained the breach.
David Wong, vice chairman of the board at Mandiant, said the hackers have “a connection to China, and we believe they are likely involved in espionage activities to collect intelligence for the benefit of China’s interests. “.
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington said he was unaware of the details of the reports, but hoped ‘there can be a professional, responsible and evidence-based approach to identify cybersecurity incidents, rather than making claims based on speculation.” “
In a letter seen by Reuterscompany executives told employees that “we believe the activity has affected a limited number of email accounts and business documents from News Corp headquarters, News Technology Services, Dow Jones, News UK and the New York Post”.
“Our preliminary analysis indicates that foreign government involvement may be associated with this activity, and some data has been taken,” executives said.
The company added that its other business units, including HarperCollins Publishers, Move, News Corp Australia, Foxtel, REA and Storyful, were not targeted by the attack.
Chinese hackers have repeatedly been accused of hacking journalists in the United States and elsewhere.
In 2013, for example, the New York Times reported a breach that it said affected 53 personal computers belonging to its employees.
The newspaper said the timing of the intrusions coincided with its investigation into the wealth accumulated by relatives of Wen Jiabao, then Chinese premier.
The report was the first in a series of contemporary revelations about similar intrusions or attempted intrusions into other US media, including Bloomberg, the washington postand the Wall Street Journal.
Hackers in Beijing have been targeting Western journalists for years, said Mike McLellan, director of intelligence at cybersecurity firm Secureworks, which has intermittently tracked China-linked spying on the media over the past decade. .
He said journalists could gain access to valuable sources of intelligence on China’s adversaries or domestic opponents.
Even given China’s reputation for aggressive cyber espionage against an array of targets — from military secrets to intellectual property — McLellan said the media remained the favorites.
“Journalists – and the things they work on – are pretty high on their priority list,” he said.