Foreign Reporters’ Google E-Mail Hacked in China

BEIJING — International journalists in China said Monday that their Google e-mail accounts have been hacked in attacks similar to the ones against human rights activists that the search giant cited as a reason for considering pulling out of the country.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China sent an e-mail Monday to its members warning that reporters in at least two news bureaus in Beijing said their Gmail accounts had been broken into, with their e-mails surreptitiously forwarded to unfamiliar accounts.

Although the warning did not name the organizations, one of the accounts belonged to an Associated Press journalist.

John Daniszewski, senior managing editor for international news at the news cooperative in New York, deplored the breach and said the AP will be investigating to determine if any vital information was compromised.

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My comments …

Its unclear as to how their accounts were “hacked” into. This may have been part of the larger coordinated hack against Google and Yahoo last week. Its also possible the latest Adobe PDF zero-day exploit was used, a keystroke logger or that the journalists got mess with sticky notes. I’d love to know more…