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The researchers say the hackers were likely state-sponsored

Beware, journalists: hackers are targeting many of the world's top news organizations in likely state-sponsored attacks. 

According to Reuters, a paper by Google security software engineers Shane Huntley and Morgan Marquis-Boire showed that 21 of the world's top 25 news organizations were on the receiving end of hacks in recent years, which were likely launched by those working for or in support of a government.

"If you're a journalist or a journalistic organization we will see state-sponsored targeting and we see it happening regardless of region, we see it from all over the world both from where the targets are and where the targets are from," said Huntley. 

The Google researchers said that the attacks were in the form of emails that carried malware or directed the journalists to websites that attempted to grab credentials. There were also surveys that tricked the users into giving up their information.

While these attempts are nothing new, this report points out that journalists and news organizations made up an obvious and large amount of attacks. Also, it was noted that the number of attacks on journalists and news organizations that went unreported were higher than those made public. 

The researchers said that news organizations were slower to recognize and respond to these threats, but that journalists have been becoming more aware of such attacks. 

According to the researchers, Google monitors these kinds of attacks, and tracks the state actors that attack its users. 

Many of the world's largest news organizations were been targeted in these attacks as well as small news organizations, citizen journalists and bloggers.

Forbes, The Financial Times and The New York Times have said they've been hacked in the last year. 

Source: Reuters

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By Ammohunt on 3/28/2014 5:13:34 PM , Rating: 5
One this is for sure, nobody who writes for Dailytech need worry about this hack.

RE: Whelp
By msheredy on 3/28/2014 7:26:09 PM , Rating: 2
Whelp what does that make us for continuing to visit this site?

-devils advocate

RE: Whelp
By GotThumbs on 3/31/2014 8:58:22 AM , Rating: 1
Take what you read with a grain of salt IMO.

While I enjoy many of the articles here, I have seen cases where a more detailed investigation would have provided greater knowledge and a different opinion for some of the commenters. At least this is what I believe.

There are many readers on the web who take every written word as fact, but that should not be the case.

Using multiple sites/sources before making up one's own highly recommended in life.

Best wishes,

RE: Whelp
By GotThumbs on 3/31/2014 9:03:55 AM , Rating: 1
When you're able, click to the source for each article and then ask yourself what research did the DailyTECH writer do/provide.

It's still a good site, but just keep an open mind to the reality of these stories and the details you may not be aware of.

Todays news is not researched as thorough as decades ago IMO...because everyone wants to be first, but it can often come at the cost of weaker facts/details and guessing on some of the newscasters parts.

Who cares about their opinions IMO. I want just the facts and I'll make up my own mind.

~Best wishes,

RE: Whelp
By Ammohunt on 3/31/2014 3:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Haven't been around her much lately; all the Libertarian nutter and the "Snowden our Hero" articles have become too much to stomach. Oh and the lack of relevant tech articles.

RE: Whelp
By Rage187 on 3/31/2014 11:26:17 AM , Rating: 2
Mick is Irish for: Article includes 10 or more pictures

By tng on 3/28/2014 4:27:01 PM , Rating: 3
Not sure what the point was here...

RE: ?
By milktea on 3/28/2014 6:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
Just wait...

I think DailyTech is onto something that they have revealed yet. :D

RE: ?
By ianmills on 3/29/2014 4:32:36 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess government wants to find out journalist's secret contacts.

E.g. If a journalist interviews a big time drug dealer, law enforcement would love to steal any information they could about the dealer

I work for a news station
By CalaverasGrande on 3/28/2014 7:09:56 PM , Rating: 2
not sure if this is unique but we have had people "social engineer" our users into installing garbage and rootkits.
They impersonated our offshore helpdesk VERY well.
Also our security cams were hacked at one point, as was the badge access server.
It is really getting tiresome having to stay ahead of all the exploits. Especially now that there are zero day exploits on Java and flash pretty regularly.

RE: I work for a news station
By deltaend on 3/30/2014 8:48:52 AM , Rating: 2
Disable Java and Flash on user's computers that get repeatedly infected until that person can be trusted to stop visiting "those" types of websites.

I have Java and Flash and I always have. They aren't always up to date since I reboot once a month. I have never been infected, ergo, it's a browsing habit problem not a technical one.

RE: I work for a news station
By Flunk on 3/31/2014 11:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
At least it's keeping you employed. Make sure to put "security expert" on your resume.

Is It Possible...
By mmatis on 3/29/2014 6:58:56 AM , Rating: 3
that the affected journalists have made negative comments about the Messiah? But then surely neither the NSA nor the FedPigs would ever do anything such as this...

RE: Is It Possible...
By roykahn on 3/29/2014 5:21:28 PM , Rating: 2
Controlling the media has been a top priority of the US government ever since the end of the Vietnam War. Just look at how they have attacked Al Jazeera and let's not forget those Reuters reporters in the famous Collateral Murder video. It's much worse in some other countries, but you can take a look at the World Press Freedom Index here:

"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

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