By Andrew Jacobs
The New York Times
March 30, 2010
BEIJING -- In what appears to be a coordinated assault, the e-mail
accounts of at least a dozen rights activists, academics and journalists
who cover China have been compromised by unknown intruders. A Chinese
human rights organization also said that hackers disabled its Web site
for a fifth straight day.
The infiltrations, which involved Yahoo e-mail accounts, appeared to be
aimed at people who write about China and Taiwan, rendering their
accounts inaccessible, according to those who were affected. In the case
of this reporter, hackers altered e-mail settings so that all
correspondence was surreptitiously forwarded to another e-mail address.
The attacks, most of which began last Thursday, occurred the same week
that Google angered the Chinese government by routing Internet search
engine requests out of the mainland to a site in Hong Kong. Google said
the move was prompted by its objections to censorship rules and by a
spate of attacks on Google e-mail users that the company suggested had
originated in China.
Those cyberattacks, which began as early as last April, affected dozens
of American corporations, law firms and individuals, many of them rights
advocates critical of China's authoritarian government.
The victims of the most recent intrusions included a law professor in
the United States, an analyst who writes about China's security
apparatus and several print journalists based in Beijing and Taipei, the
capital of Taiwan.
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