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Hackers Invaded the Washington Post for "a Few Days"

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Looks like Jeff Bezos's new toy, The Washington Post, is the latest victim in the hacker war on newspapers. Company officials announced Wednesday that hackers had gained access to employees' usernames and passwords, though it's unclear how much data the company lost.


It's entirely unclear who did the hacking, but obviously, the Chinese are pretty high up on the list of suspects. Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Craig Timberg who broke the story offered up a few details of the attack. Well, not that many really, but something! Timberg reports:

Post officials, who on Wednesday learned of the intrusion from Mandiant, a cybersecurity contractor that monitors the company's networks, said the intrusion was of relatively short duration.

"This is an ongoing investigation, but we believe it was a few days at most," said Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti.


Whoa whoa whoa. Hold the Hyperloop, right there. "A few days at most?!" That does not sound like a "relatively short duration." In computer years, that's a freaking eternity. After all, data-grabbing is a pretty quick endeavor, and hackers can do serious damage in just a few minutes. I'd love to know what The Washington Post thinks a relatively long duration is. [Washington Post]

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"A few days" even at DSL speeds is a pretty big break. Assuming they have better then that, they could be missing a fair amount of data.