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Wall Street Journal is still suffering from Chinese data takeaway attack

Rupert Murdoch is being hacked
Wed Feb 06 2013, 15:20
Rupert Murdoch

IRONY FANS rejoice, Rupert Murdoch has admitted that his Wall Street Journal is still under attack from hackers in China.

News about the computer intrusion surfaced at the beginning of this week. Then we learned that people were trying to make their way into the Wall Street Journal and New York Times computer systems, and that these people were likely in China.

Publishing boss Murdoch lamented the situation through his Twitter account.

It's worth noting here that Murdoch's News of the World tabloid was closed down in disgrace for allegedly having committed phonemail hacking.

Other Twitter users have suggested that there is some irony in the situation. "What sort of awful people would engage in hacking in pursuit of a story? That's... whoops. This is awkward," said one user.

"You're something of an expert on that topic, aren't you?" added another.

Murdoch clarified exactly what he knows about hacking, and apparently that isn't much. "What do I know about hacking?," he responded. "Nothing until about two years ago. One newspaper guilty several years ago. Nothing since."

Murdoch offered no new evidence of hacking in his tweet, and it is not certain that China is behind these attacks and those at the New York Times.

In an editorial the Wall Street Journal accused China. It said that over 20 of its editors', reporters' and writers' email accounts have been "hacked for months and maybe longer by the Chinese government". µ


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