New York Times hacked as it releases report on Chinese premier’s wealth

For about four months starting in September 2012, Chinese hackers launched continuous cyberattacks on the New York Times’ computer systems. The hackers accessed the newspaper’s internal system and accessed the personal computers of over 50 employees, including those of the Beijing and Shanghai bureau chiefs. The New York Times reported that the hacking campaign coincided with the release of a report, authored by the newspaper’s Shanghai bureau chief, exposing the wealth of then Chinese premier Wen Jiabao. The Chinese government had warned that the New York Times’ report would “have consequences.” Cybersecurity experts that helped the newspaper found that the attacks had been routed through American university computers previously used by the Chinese military “to attack United States military contractors.”

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Date: October 2012 - 31 January 2013
Country: United States