E-mail Accounts of Foreign Journalists in China Hacked

Wednesday Mar 31st 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Eight journalists working in Taiwan and China say that their Yahoo e-mail accounts were hacked.

PCWorld: According to the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC), eight journalists working in China or Taiwan report that their Yahoo e-mail accounts have been hacked. In at least one case, the settings of the account were changed to forward e-mails to a different address.

Although Yahoo shut down several of the accounts after it detected the hack, it hasn't provided many details about the case. "Yahoo has not answered the FCCC's questions about the attacks, nor has it told individual mail users how the accounts were accessed. Password security and malware are ongoing concerns, but it's unclear whether they are related to this case," said the FCCC.

PCWorld notes, "While there is no evidence linking the hacked e-mail accounts and the Chinese government, the FCCC warning highlights growing concern over the e-mail surveillance of individuals generally viewed with suspicion by the Chinese government, including human rights activists and foreign journalists working in China."

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