WSJ wants people to know about its Chinese hacker problem too

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that it too has a Chinese hacker problem.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that hackers infiltrated the publication’s computer systems “for the apparent purpose of monitoring the newspaper’s China coverage” — not to steal commercial or customer information.

The publication’s Beijing unit is suspected to have been the entry point for the hackers, and the infiltration has been ongoing.

A statement to the WSJ by Paula Keve, chief spokeswoman for the Journal’s parent company, Dow Jones & Co., said “the Journal had on Thursday completed a network overhaul to bolster security.”

The WSJ announcement followed on the heels of an extensive report Wednesday by The New York Times that it has been battling Chinese hackers for the past four months.

Both publications said that the attacks are indicative of a larger campaign by the Chinese to aggressively monitor U.S. media outlets.

“The 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, according to people familiar with the matter,” reported  the Wall Street Journal.

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