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Hackers in China Attacked The New York Times for Last 4 Months
New York Times ^ | 01/31/2013 | NICOLE PERLROTH

Posted on 01/31/2013 6:50:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind

For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.

After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in.

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.

Security experts hired by The Times to detect and block the computer attacks gathered digital evidence that Chinese hackers, using methods that some consultants have associated with the Chinese military in the past, breached The Times’s network. They broke into the e-mail accounts of its Shanghai bureau chief, David Barboza, who wrote the reports on Mr. Wen’s relatives, and Jim Yardley, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief in India, who previously worked as bureau chief in Beijing.

“Computer security experts found no evidence that sensitive e-mails or files from the reporting of our articles about the Wen family were accessed, downloaded or copied,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of The Times.

The hackers tried to cloak the source of the attacks on The Times by first penetrating computers at United States universities and routing the attacks through them, said computer security experts at Mandiant, the company hired by The Times. This matches the subterfuge used in many other attacks that Mandiant has tracked to China.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: china; computers; hacking; newyorktimes

1 posted on 01/31/2013 6:50:08 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

gee that’s too bad.


2 posted on 01/31/2013 6:52:12 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (So?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The joke is on the Times. Actually the hackers were conservatives posing as Chinese.


3 posted on 01/31/2013 6:52:12 AM PST by allendale
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To: SeekAndFind

CHINESE HACKING METHOD:

* First, install malware — malicious software — that enabled them to gain entry to any computer on The Times’s network.

* The malware is 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.

* Steal the corporate passwords for every Times employee and used those to gain access to the personal computers of employees, most of them outside The Times’s newsroom.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 6:52:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Gosh, everyone knows the New York Times is completely trustworthy, so this must be true. And they must be such a hard hitting investigative newspaper that the Chinese Military knows they needed to hack into their computers.

The Times must really be an important, relevant player!

OR,,a pathetic attempt to look like they matter.


5 posted on 01/31/2013 6:57:13 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No amount of security is going to help them if their employees keep clicking on the links in spam emails.

I wonder how many Nigerians have gotten rich off the NYT?


6 posted on 01/31/2013 7:05:10 AM PST by Marko413
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, at least they get the communist angle to the news that way. Pity they couldn’t hack Limbaugh and learn some facts instead!


7 posted on 01/31/2013 7:06:30 AM PST by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the ChiComs completely took over the NYT, how would we ba able to tell the difference?


8 posted on 01/31/2013 7:28:07 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gathering data to blackmail the employees and the paper itself.


9 posted on 01/31/2013 7:42:37 AM PST by Brookhaven
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To: SeekAndFind

The Chinese are just trying to pick up more ideas about communist propaganda techniques.


10 posted on 01/31/2013 7:52:10 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: SeekAndFind
Sorry, no sympathy here. The NYT is a domestic enemy of the Constitution.

If I could, I'd haxor the NYT myself :-)

11 posted on 01/31/2013 7:54:42 AM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

No wonder every answer to the crossword puzzle was ‘Mao’.


12 posted on 01/31/2013 8:39:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: allendale

A much more likely scenario. Why would China want to undermine one of the best sources of anti-American/anti-freedom/anti-common sense useful idiots?


13 posted on 01/31/2013 8:41:54 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee, I assumed that the Chinese automatically be given administrator rights as a courtesy from one group of leftists to another.


14 posted on 01/31/2013 8:42:11 AM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: norwaypinesavage
If the ChiComs completely took over the NYT, how would we be able to tell the difference?

My sentiments exactly. I don't subscribe to the rag or attempt to address any validity and veracity to their reporting. How many reporters for the NYT have been found to fabricate stories? The ChiComs couldn't do any more damage to our country than what the NYT liberal and Democrat leaning reporters have done by themselves.

15 posted on 01/31/2013 8:42:33 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Right Brother
The Chinese are just trying to pick up more ideas about communist propaganda techniques.

Apparently they are looking to hire Jason Blair.

16 posted on 01/31/2013 8:42:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hasn’t anyone told the Chinese that they need to hack a reputable paper?


17 posted on 01/31/2013 8:46:25 AM PST by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

Could also be because they want to be the first to read the Krugman crap so they can pass it around and laugh!


18 posted on 01/31/2013 8:50:22 AM PST by dforest
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To: SeekAndFind

Click whores making money off their adverts, yeah commies for supporting the slimes.


19 posted on 01/31/2013 9:09:45 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: norwaypinesavage

If the ChiComs completely took over the NYT, how would we ba able to tell the difference?


Bump


20 posted on 01/31/2013 9:23:05 AM PST by boxlunch
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To: SeekAndFind

I suppose it is not too difficult to attack a dying dinosaur.


21 posted on 01/31/2013 12:26:49 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hackers in China are attacking the New York Times? ? ?

Why would they do something like that to America’s most accepted voice of communism?

Is there no longer any professional courtesy amongst sharks and commies?


22 posted on 01/31/2013 4:58:14 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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