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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