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Report: Yahoo e-mail accounts hacked in China

On the heels of China's alleged blocking of Google's search engine Tuesday, New York Times Beijing correspondent Andrew Jacobs reported that his Yahoo e-mail account was disrupted, along with nearly a dozen other foreign journalists in China.

Jacobs wrote that journalists covering China and Taiwan weren't able to access their Yahoo e-mail accounts. He said hackers apparently altered his e-mail settings "so that all correspondence was surreptitiously forwarded to another e-mail address."

A Yahoo spokeswoman wouldn't confirm the email breach, saying it does not generally disclose information about reported attacks. Instead, she sent a statement that the company, "condemns all cyber attacks regardless of origin or purpose. We are committed to protecting user security and privacy and we take appropriate action in the event of any kind of breach."

The move comes after Google said it appeared the "great firewall" of the Chinese government had shut down its search service to Chinese users for part of the day Tuesday. The company said it didn't know if the firewall was intentional or a technical glitch by the Chinese government.

Businesses, China experts and governments around the world have been watching for a reaction by the Chinese government to Google's decision to reroute search traffic for Chinese Internet users to its Hong Kong search site.

The Associated Press reported that in a meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed his government's support for a free Internet without censorship.

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 31, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
 
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While they have apparently traced the Google hacks to a Chinese Government Fac, many of these hacks seem a little too obvious to be normal spy work. Perhaps, they are intended to be discovered, an in your face declaration that privacy and free speech do not exist in China, and are not going to in the future.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | March 31, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Google was 1st I wonder who is going to be 2nd, its a matter of time before everyone pulls out of china and that economic powerhouse will falter because of its strict regulations for simple things like using a computer or what one can say about the country or government

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | March 31, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

It is difficult to determine the reasons or purposes behind these deliberate attacks, if they were indeed deliberate attacks.

This article appears to be trying to forge a link between the Chinese Government and the attacks. That may or may not be the case. It certainly does not paint the government in a good light. This action just makes the Chinese Government look more like a sneak and a bully than they already do.

That is an image any/every government should avoid if possible. Nobody wants to do business with someone they think will bully them, operate behind their back, or steal from them. That is not good business and does not build confidence and trust.

Posted by: theartistpoet | March 31, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Some foreign journalists in China got their email accounts hacked into ---- and ---- so -----
Reality Check 101:
China is now the multi-trillion dollar juggarnaut thats holding together a fragile
world economy (Trillions in US Bonds)
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This doesn't even rise to the level of a significant hack (see: The Internet Space
http://www.hltillman.com/inetSpace1.html)
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Nor does this rise to the level of a Political hack (See: http://techmastergenius.com)
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although in the area of Geo-Politics this is debatable
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But from the perspective of Money and Wall St.
there is but one Mantra:
WE LOVE CHINA!
WE LOVE CHINA!
WE LOVE CHINA!
(at least for now...)

Posted by: TechMasterGenius | March 31, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Should Chinses government be responsilbe for all cyberattacks occurred in China?

Posted by: watterson | March 31, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the people around the world to shut China out. The Gov. won't do anything as they are more concerned about protecting their assets that what's best for the US/World. So it's up to private businesses and individuals. Boycott anything made in this Podunk POS. Shutting China down is as simple as cutting of their cash flow.

Posted by: askgees | March 31, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The time has come to confront the Chinese bully. All search engines should immediately cease operations in China. It is clear the Communist government sees the ability to censor, hack and otherwise interfere with the free and secure flow of information as a tactical weapon against it's own citizens and the world at large.

Posted by: hadenuff1 | March 31, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Your suggestion would make it harder for the Chinese people to access info.

Trust me - the government is fighting a war with its own techies and it's not winning. Techies find ways around the governments attempts to control what people can see and do on the internet and the techies spread their tactics around.


In addition, shutting down search engines won't do a thing to stop the Chinese government from cyber-tactical development.


Would YOU be happy if the U.S. government stopped using its techies for cyber-tactical development?


Look, all nations have spies and all nations have hacker/crackers working for them. Singling out China for some kind of misguided "punishment" gets us nowhere.

Posted by: lquarton | March 31, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

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