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Some accounts were forwarding emails to unknown addresses

When it comes to freedoms here in America, one that we take for granted is the freedom to get information on anything that can be found online. In other countries such as China, the same freedoms are not permitted. China is most known for filtering access to the internet and pursuing or imprisoning anyone who speaks out against the government.

The biggest confrontation between China and the outside world was precipitated by the attacks on Google that resulted in the theft of data owned by Google and the hacking of Gmail email accounts of journalists and activists using the free email service. Google made good on its threats against China this month when the company shuttered its Chinese search engine and redirected all searches to its Hong Kong site.

Apparently, hackers have turned their attention to another search giant operating in the Chinese market -- Yahoo. Yahoo has announced that some of its email accounts used by journalists and activists working in China were compromised in an attack that was discovered this week.

Reuters reports that several journalists who work in China were unable to access their email accounts on Yahoo. Accounts known to be compromised include those of a freelance journalist in Beijing named Kathleen McLaughlin and accounts held by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).

WUC spokesman Dilxat Raxit told Reuters, "I suspect a lot of information in my Yahoo account was downloaded." He noted that the account has been inaccessible for a month. He continued saying, "A lot of people I used to contact in Lanzhou, Xi'an and elsewhere have not been reachable by phone for the past few weeks." Many contacts were only reachable by email according to the man.

Other journalists are reporting that their accounts had been accessed and set to forward emails to accounts that were unknown to them. One of the journalists whose emails were being forwarded is Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times stationed in Beijing. Yahoo has not yet made any official statements on the attacks. The search firms only comment was "Yahoo! condemns all cyber attacks regardless of origin or purpose."

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Yahoo! China
By WoWCow on 3/31/2010 11:44:41 AM , Rating: 3
"Yahoo! condemns all cyber attacks regardless of origin or purpose."

Hm... Sounds familiar... Is Yahoo's PR the same as the Chinese Government PR?

I honestly hope Yahoo! isn't trying to screw their users over, but its very possible considering how shoddy their business have been.

RE: Yahoo! China
By Uncle on 3/31/2010 1:53:58 PM , Rating: 2
Makes you wonder the new ties Yahoo and Microsoft have and why they seem to have the same view points on China. Anyway to find out how many shares of Yahoo went into Microsoft numbered accounts.

RE: Yahoo! China
By HrilL on 3/31/2010 2:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yahoos sold out their users in the past so it is likely they'll do it again.

China and "the Outside"
By drycrust3 on 3/31/2010 2:32:59 PM , Rating: 1
The biggest confrontation between China and the outside world

Please excuse my very poor knowledge of Chinese history, but I am quite sure this incident is not even close to "the biggest". For example, the 8 Army invasion of 1900 was far worse (and is still taught in schools in China ... from their perspective, not the invaders), still affects US-China relations today, and will probably still affect them in 100 years time.

The big difference between then and now is China is very definitely a superpower.

RE: China and "the Outside"
By NubWobble on 4/1/2010 10:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
A very insecure superpower. Like most superpowers it has a lot to fear and its arch nemesis and the one thing it can't beat or destroy is the flow of information. This is a threat to all empires and one that will bring China to its knees, if the system isn't changed. They need not embrace democracy, as that's a sham and a lie anyway, unless being able to choose ones dictator, who will screw and rape us all as badly as the rest, means we're free in some form or way

World Uyghur Congress?
By Smartless on 3/31/2010 2:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
hehe thought I needed my glasses. Well thank goodness for wikipedia. At least its not the World Uyghur State Supporters.

In any case, doesn't it seem a bit suspicious that China would hack another outside business? I mean hot on the heels of Google and some other companies getting hacked and pulling out, wouldn't this seem like either they're isolating themselves from the world or someone is making them look bad?

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