The morning edition of my Washington Post claims Chinese hackers penetrated its computer systems as early as 2008 or 2009. Security precautions were implemented by the Post late in 2011 by its cybersecurity contractor, Mandiant.
It seems that journalists writing reports on Chinese corruption or other unpleasant facts and might have had contact with Chinese sources were targeted for these contact/source names and email addresses.
While no “fingerprints” can be found in cyberspace, skilled forensic research has found some tell-tale characteristic in coding and trails to the control network of the hacking operation indicates they are located in China. This is denied shrilly by Chinese sources.Russell Imrie is a Native American resident of the Washington DC area and blogs as supTweet (tech, public policy) and mediaseentoo (books, film) and Tweets as @tweedyBard
- Hackers in China attacked New York Times (mysanantonio.com)
- NYT, WSJ Forget the Facts in Stories About Their Own Hacks (blogs.cio.com)
- Chinese Hackers Have Targeted The New York Times Over Wen Jiabao Investigation (businessinsider.com)
- Why Chinese Hackers Might Be Targeting U.S. Media (cio-today.com)
- Great Firewall upgrade hits China’s web users (chinadailymail.com)