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Re: China hacked the NYT — and the WSJ?

posted at 4:45 pm on January 31, 2013 by

Ed, turns out the New York Times isn’t the only one China’s been targeting recently for media espionage; the Wall Street Journal is reporting that they too have recently been the victims of similar attempts “for the apparent purpose of monitoring the newspaper’s China coverage”:

The infiltration at the Journal, along with reports of computer network breaches at the New York Times and other news outlets, indicate that Chinese spying on U.S. media has become a widespread phenomenon.

Chinese hackers for years have targeted major U.S. media companies with hacking, repeatedly penetrating deep inside some newsgathering systems, according to several people familiar with the response to the cyberattacks. …

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has been probing these media incidents for more than a year and considers the hacking a national-security case against U.S. interests, people familiar with the matter said. …

She said the Journal on Thursday completed a network overhaul to bolster security. “We fully intend to continue the aggressive and independent journalism for which we are known,” she said.

The communist regime in China does not take at all kindly to much dissent nor criticism of their special brand of plutocratic authoritarianism; but instead of limiting themselves merely to chucking free-speech advocates into extralegal detention, running a robust state media operation, and keeping tight censorship controls on their citizens’ Internet access, they’re looking to get a little more proactive. As the Chinese government weighs whether or not to allow its citizens less fettered access to the fresh ideas and competitive advantages of the outside world (or perhaps they merely want to further fine-tune their jingoistic propaganda campaigns against the “evils” of capitalism), they’re apparently monitoring how they are portrayed with big-name media outlets. Image control, you know.

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Why would the Chinese need to spy on their running dog lackeys at the New York Times?

KW64 on January 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Obviously they were looking to find out how these news outlets manipulate the masses.

earlgrey133 on January 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Why would the Chinese need to spy on their running dog lackeys at the New York Times?

KW64 on January 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Because the NYT belongs to the Soviet sphere.

Steve Eggleston on January 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Just practising.

YiZhangZhe on January 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Maybe the Chicoms are looking for tips on how to create world-class propaganda. They certainly came to the right place.

woodNfish on January 31, 2013 at 7:27 PM

They’ll be after Hot Air next!

Steven Den Beste on January 31, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I’m thinking that “deep inside” modern news agency is like diving into a kiddie pool.

TexasDan on January 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Just practising.

YiZhangZhe on January 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM

好久不见! :)

DarkCurrent on February 1, 2013 at 5:16 AM

or perhaps they merely want to further fine-tune their jingoistic propaganda campaigns against the “evils” of capitalism

Erika, you really need to visit China and get a clue. The Cultural Revolution has been over for a while now.

DarkCurrent on February 1, 2013 at 5:19 AM

their jingoistic propaganda campaigns against the “evils” of capitalism

Erika, you should visit China. The Cultural Rενolution’s been over for a while now. I think you’d find it a bit different from what you expect.

DarkCurrent on February 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM