Gmail latest: Chinese hackers target foreign journalists

January 18, 2010

Gmail latest: Chinese hackers target foreign journalistsA journalism body says two foreign reporters in China have had their Gmail accounts compromised. It follows last week’s revelations of attacks on the Gmail accounts of human rights advocates in the country.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China says the e-mail accounts were tampered with so that messages would be sent to a separate address (which it hasn’t revealed). One of the two reporters is said to be a correspondent for the Associated Press.

There are a couple of notable differences between these attacks and those last week. This attack appears to have been targeted directly at the accounts in question, whereas those last week went through Google itself. And the latest attacks appear to have been successful (at least until their discovery), while those last week were only partially so: the hackers were able to access accounts but are believed to have not been able to open and read messages.

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