Foreign journalists in China seek answer from Yahoo on email breach
Yahoo won’t directly address what happened to the e-mail accounts of foreign journalists in China and Taiwan that were reportedly breached in recent weeks. And while most of the accounts have been restored, Kathleen McLaughlin, a freelance journalist and board member of the Foreign Correspondents Club of China, said that journalists who contacted Yahoo about the e-mail problems haven’t gotten clear answers about the problem.
The lack of information from the company has been “incredibly frustrating,” she said. It’s still unclear how the accounts were disabled, and no one has asked the Chinese government about the incidents, McLaughlin said. The government hasn’t commented either.
“You asked about response from the Chinese government, but what we really need is a response from Yahoo,” McLaughlin wrote in an e-mail exchange late Wednesday.
When asked about the episode, a spokesperson for Yahoo declined to confirm the attacks. The Silicon Valley giant said in a statement:
“Yahoo does not generally disclose information around reported breaches, but we take security very seriously and we take appropriate action in the event of any kind of breach.”
The Foreign Correspondents Club said that of the 11 confirmed cases of blocked Yahoo e-mail accounts, eight involved Beijing-based reporters and three involved journalists based in Taiwan.
“That’s more than we confirmed in Gmail attacks,” McLaughlin said.
She said some journalists noticed problems a few weeks ago and some, including McLaughlin, noticed their own e-mail accounts were disabled by Yahoo last Thursday. McLaughlin’s account was restored on Tuesday.
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