News Corp, the news publishing empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, was the target of a cyberattack that targeted the email accounts of journalists and others at the company, in a breach that a company The digital security company is supposed to help China.
The hack was revealed in a securities filing on Friday. The company said it discovered the attack on one of its systems in January.
David Kline, News Corp’s chief technology officer, said in an email to employees on Friday that the company had notified US law enforcement and opened an investigation with the security firm. Digital Mandiant after discovery.
Mr Kline said that the company believes the breach affected “a limited number” of email accounts and documents from News Corp headquarters, News Technology Services, Dow Jones, News UK and The New York Post. Other News Corp properties, such as News Corp Australia, HarperCollins Publishers and Storyful, are not believed to have been affected.
“Our preliminary analysis indicated that foreign government involvement may have been involved in this activity and some data was obtained,” Kline wrote in an email seen by The New York Times. “Mandiant assesses that those behind this operation have connections to China and believes they are capable of engaging in espionage activities to gather intelligence to benefit China.” .
Mr. Kline said that the company believes the threat has been concealed and that financial and customer data has not been hacked.
“While the vast majority of people’s emails and documents are not the target of this attack, we take any attack against our organization and employees seriously, including our journalists,” Kline wrote in an email.
The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Escalating tensions between China and the United States in recent years have hit the news media. In 2020, China expulsion American reporters worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post by canceling their media subscriptions, forcing the termination of more than a dozen journalists. It came after the Trump administration limit The number of Chinese nationals who can work in the United States for China’s state-run news agencies is considered propaganda media.
The United States and China agree in november to ease restrictions on foreign journalists in each country, it is expected to allow The Times, The Journal and The Post to send some reporters back to China.
However, foreign journalists in China are facing “unprecedented barriers”, including increased intimidation and harassment, in carrying out their work, according to the report. a report was released on January 31 by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China.
“The Chinese state continues to find new ways to intimidate foreign reporters, their Chinese colleagues, and those whom foreign media seek to interview, through trolling,” the report said. online, physical assault, cyber hacking and visa denial.
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