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WSJ emails, documents hacked

February 4, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal reporter emails and documents were part of a hacking attack that the parent company’s cybersecurity consultant said was likely meant to gather intelligence to benefit China’s interests, reports Alexandra Bruell and Sadie Gurman of the Journal.

Bruell and Gurman report, “News Corp said in the memo to staff it believes the threat activity is contained. The company has been offering guidance to affected employees.

“‘We are committed to protecting our journalists and sources. We will not be deterred from our purpose—to provide uniquely trusted journalism and analysis. We will continue to publish the important stories of our time,’ said Almar Latour, chief executive of Dow Jones and publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

“The company’s investigation indicates that systems housing financial and customer data, including subscriber information, weren’t affected, according to the securities filing and a person familiar with the matter.

“The investigation detected that the intrusion appeared to date to at least February 2020, according to people briefed on the matter, and scores of employees were impacted. The hackers were able to access reporters’ emails and Google Docs, including drafts of articles, the people said.”

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