Report: Journalists, News Organizations Targeted in Email Attacks
March 28, 2014 3:48 PM
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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.
, 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
The New York Times
have said they've been hacked in the last year.
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3/29/2014 4:32:36 PM
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
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