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.
March 31, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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