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Wall Street Journal Hit By Chinese Hackers, Too 92

wiredmikey writes "The Wall Street Journal said Thursday its computers were hit by Chinese hackers, the latest U.S. media organization citing an effort to spy on its journalists covering China. The Journal made the announcement a day after The New York Times said hackers, possibly connected to China's military, had infiltrated its computers in response to its expose of the vast wealth amassed by a top leader's family. The Journal said in a news article that the attacks were 'for the apparent purpose of monitoring the newspaper's China coverage' and suggest that Chinese spying on U.S. media 'has become a widespread phenomenon.'"
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Wall Street Journal Hit By Chinese Hackers, Too

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    by OhANameWhatName ( 2688401 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @07:52PM (#42756907)

    China’s Ministry of National Defense said, “Chinese laws prohibit any action including hacking that damages Internet security.” It added that “to accuse the Chinese military of launching cyberattacks without solid proof is unprofessional and baseless.”

    Couldn't agree more. There's no evidence, just accusations without any basis. Yet another example of the US media making sensationalist claims which deride the leadership of China and rail public opinion against them.

    Personally, if I were a government looking to contend with another government, my best weapon would be a false flag faceless cyber attack against a large news media organisation which could be widely publicised and blamed on my enemy without any evidence. That would not only rail public opinion against the 'other' government, but justify my expanded spending on 'Cyber Security'.

    If I was really lucky, the unemployed US computer geeks on /. might evren pick up the story and start attacking (morally and perhaps directly) the Chinese authorities. Not only would 'Cyber Security' become even more of a well known issue, but controlling the internet (ie. SOPA) could be put back on the cards AND my opponent would be under attack without me having to raise a finger or accept any blame.

    'Cyber Security' is the new 'Terrorism'. Take the red pill.

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