If you thought the Wall Street Journal only announced that it had been infiltrated by Chinese hackers once the debacle was over—think again. Rupert Murdoch has tweeted that the newspaper is still coming under sustained attack.
Chinese still hacking us, or were over weekend.— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) February 6, 2013
While Murdoch doesn't offer any substantive evidence, it's clear that this is no small problem: we know that the New York Times has been targetted, along with Bloomberg. The debacle is a result of the publications running stories about investigative reports on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's family finances, back in October 2012. Security experts have explained how the attacks have been happening:
The attackers first installed malware—malicious software—that enabled them to gain entry to any computer on The Times's network. The malware was identified by computer security experts as a specific strain associated with computer attacks originating in China. More evidence of the source, experts said, is that the attacks started from the same university computers used by the Chinese military to attack United States military contractors in the past.
The publications still insist that no customer data has been stolen, but it's clearly a large and widespread problem for US media. Security experts have yet to produce evidence lining the hack to the Chinese government—but in the meantime, they're working hard to stop the problem. [Twitter via TNW]
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