I Was Hacked in Beijing

I Was Hacked in Beijing
I Was Hacked in Beijing 

By Andrew Jacobs
The New York Times
April 9, 2010

BEIJING - The reality -- and my fears -- dawned only slowly. 

For weeks, friends and colleagues complained I had not answered their 
e-mail messages. I swore I had not received them.

My e-mail program began crashing almost daily. But only when all my 
contacts disappeared for the second time did suspicion push me to act.

I dug deep inside my Yahoo settings, and I shuddered. Incoming messages 
had been forwarding to an unfamiliar e-mail address, one presumably 
typed in by intruders who had gained access to my account.

I'd been hacked.

That phrase has been popping up a lot lately on Web chats and at dinner 
parties in China, where scores of foreign reporters have discovered 
intrusions into their e-mail accounts.

But unlike malware that trawls for bank account passwords or phishing 
gambits that peddle lonely and sexually adventurous Russian women, these 
cyberattacks appear inspired by good old-fashioned espionage. 


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