Today The New York Times reported that its network had been infiltrated by hackers from within China over a period of 4 months. The paper claims that it found evidence of the attacks starting back in September of 2012.
The hackers got hold of reporters’ passwords, most likely in order to identify their sources as well as to gain further intelligence in regard to stories about China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabo, following a report on October 25th 2012 which examined his family’s finances.
“The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times investigation, published online on Oct. 25, that found that the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings.”
Nicole Perlroth, New York Times
The first attack, according to the paper, saw the hackers break into the email account of David Barboza who wrote the article about the Wen family’s finances as well as the account of Jim Yardly who was the Beijing bureau chief at the time.
Of course this isn’t the first time that suspicion has fallen upon China where cyber attacks are concerned, despite the nation’s best efforts to claim that they too are being targeted.