Chinese Hackers Attack the New York Times

Cyber war

Welcome to the new front: Chinese Hackers Infiltrate New York Times Computers.

SAN FRANCISCO — For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.

After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in.

The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times investigation, published online on Oct. 25, that found that the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings.

Security experts hired by The Times to detect and block the computer attacks gathered digital evidence that Chinese hackers, using methods that some consultants have associated with the Chinese military in the past, breached The Times’s network. They broke into the e-mail accounts of its Shanghai bureau chief, David Barboza, who wrote the reports on Mr. Wen’s relatives, and Jim Yardley, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief in India, who previously worked as bureau chief in Beijing.

“Computer security experts found no evidence that sensitive e-mails or files from the reporting of our articles about the Wen family were accessed, downloaded or copied,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of The Times.

The hackers tried to cloak the source of the attacks on The Times by first penetrating computers at United States universities and routing the attacks through them, said computer security experts at Mandiant, the company hired by The Times. This matches the subterfuge used in many other attacks that Mandiant has tracked to China.

The attackers first installed malware — malicious software — that enabled them to gain entry to any computer on The Times’s network. The malware was identified by computer security experts as a specific strain associated with computer attacks originating in China. More evidence of the source, experts said, is that the attacks started from the same university computers used by the Chinese military to attack United States military contractors in the past.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
The Reviews Are In: Conservatives Say the DNC Was ‘Disaster’ for the GOPIn Which Tea Party Republicans and Neocons agree that the Democratic Convention message was better. National Review editor Jonah Goldberg: Why this convention is better: It's about loving America. GOP convention was about loving Trump. If you didn't love Trump, ...
Thanos
12 hours, 21 minutes ago
Views: 407 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 101 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 2
Comments: 0
: 3
Constance Wu on Hollywood’s White Savior Problem: ‘Our Heroes Don’t Look Like Matt Damon’ Constance Wu has had it with Hollywood's white savior complex. The Fresh Off the Boat actress and two-time Television Critics Association Awards nominee posted a pointed letter to Twitter Friday, in which she criticized the whitewashing of Chinese history ...
Thanos
12 hours, 45 minutes ago
Views: 158 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Fox Station Photographer Reportedly Fired After Facebook Post on Michael Brown’s Mom A St. Louis journalist has reportedly been fired after making offensive Facebook comments about the mother of Michael Brown, the teenager whose shooting death ignited weeks of emotional protests in Missouri and led, eventually, to the birth of the ...
Thanos
12 hours, 57 minutes ago
Views: 565 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 184 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 2
Likes: 1
Comments: 0
: 3
Donald Trump Is ‘Starting to Agree’ Hillary Clinton Should Be Locked Up For a major party’s presidential nominee to suggest that his chief opponent should be incarcerated appears to have no precedent over the last century of U.S. political campaigns. But that’s nothing unusual for Trump. He broke new ground earlier ...
Thanos
13 hours, 37 minutes ago
Views: 243 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 22 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 1
Pope Visits Auschwitz Deathcamp During Poland Visit Pope Francis arrived on Friday at Auschwitz, the notorious former German Nazi concentration camp in Poland, in a historic visit to pay tribute to the more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, who lost their lives there during World ...
Thanos
1 day, 13 hours ago
Views: 144 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
One San Diego Police Officer Killed, Second Hurt One of two police officers shot in San Diego early Friday has died, authorities said. "It is with a very sad heart that we announce the death of one of our officers tonight. Pray for his family," the San ...
Thanos
1 day, 13 hours ago
Views: 157 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
• Eumir Deodato - Rhapsody in Blue• 1973 LP •Great funky cover of this Gershwin classic. From Deodato 2 CTI LP, another classic album.
Thanos
2 days, 2 hours ago
Views: 183 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
David Crosby - Behind the Scenes of Lighthouse Behind the scenes of David Crosby's new record "Lighthouse". Lighthouse is available for pre-order on CD and Vinyl now, and will be available October 21st worldwide. Pre-order digital: smarturl.itPre-order physical CD: bit.lyPre-order vinyl: bit.lyPre-order Amazon: smarturl.it Produced by Michael ...
Thanos
2 days, 2 hours ago
Views: 136 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Eva Atmatzidou - Rondat - Acoustic Guitar Music downloads and Guitar Tabs available at: candyrat.com itunes: itunes.apple.comApple Music: itun.esAmazon: amzn.com Composed and performed by Eva Atmatzidou.Recorded by Vangelis Karapetros (Studio Puzzle).Filmed by Eleftheria Anthi. Visit Eva Atmatzidou at : Website: atmatzidou.grFacebook profile: el-gr.facebook.comFacebook page: facebook.com ...
Thanos
2 days, 2 hours ago
Views: 149 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Live Corpse Flower Cam at NYBGA corpe flower is set to bloom....uh, sometime... and here is the live feed. Quite the rarity. Quite the aroma. Watch. Don't blink.
nines09
2 days, 6 hours ago
Views: 278 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 33 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 1