Newscorp Hacked by Alleged Chinese Operatives

Wall Street Journal and New York Post owner Newscorp has been reportedly hacked by actors linked to China.

According to Newscorp,  there was a “persistent cyberattack” targeting a limited number of employees last January which cybersecurity Mandiant linked to Chinese entities. 

“Mandiant assesses that those behind this activity have a China nexus, and we believe they are likely involved in espionage activities to collect intelligence to benefit China’s interests,” said David Wong, vice president of incident response at Mandiant.

According to Mandiant’s investigation, the hackers gained access to emails and documents from reporters and others at publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and News UK.

Newscorp’s customer and financial data were not reportedly affected while company operations were not disrupted by the breach. 

Newscorp claimed that the breach had been contained and that they dispatched security experts to work with the journalists affected by the breach.

Neither Newscorp nor Mandiant disclosed how the breach occurred but said its “network and information systems” as well as “third-party providers for certain technology and ‘cloud-based’ systems and services,” were targeted. 

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