Chinese Hack Into New York Times

 

The Chinese have been hacking into the New York Times, according to the New York Times:

Security experts hired by The Times to detect and block the computer attacks gathered digital evidence that Chinese hackers, using methods that some consultants have associated with the Chinese military in the past, breached The Times’s network. They broke into the e-mail accounts of its Shanghai bureau chief, David Barboza, who wrote the reports on Mr. Wen’s relatives, and Jim Yardley, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief in India, who previously worked as bureau chief in Beijing.

So now we know who has been writing all of those Thomas Friedman columns.

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  1. Profile photo of Mike H Member

    Like! Good one, Rob.

    • #1
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:13 am
  2. Profile photo of donald todd Member

    Why would anybody want to hack into the NY Times? Do they need a blueprint for going out of business?

    • #2
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:13 am
  3. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    You think those guys could recognize a hack from a mile away.

    • #3
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:14 am
  4. Profile photo of ctlaw Thatcher

    You contributor/editor types need to search the member posts before getting all redundant.

    • #4
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:20 am
  5. Profile photo of Mollie Hemingway Contributor
    Rob Long:

    So now we know who has been writing all of those Thomas Friedman columns. · · 6 minutes ago

    Indeed. I’m thankful for this explanation, actually.

    • #5
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:21 am
  6. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    I think CheneyMcBushHitlerHaliburton hacked into the “New” York Times and wrote this story so the Koch brothers could short the stock.

    • #6
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:24 am
  7. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive
    flownover: You think those guys could recognize a hack from a mile away. · 10 minutes ago

    +1

    • #7
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:24 am
  8. Profile photo of Casey Member
    Donald Todd: Why would anybody want to hack into the NY Times?

    Apparently, some prominent members of the Chinese military are sick and tired of being bested by Will Shortz.

    • #8
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:27 am
  9. Profile photo of Matthew Gilley Member

    So much for the whole pay wall thing.

    • #9
    • January 31, 2013 at 9:32 am
  10. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    So, it turns out that “Paul Krugman” is actually a 14-year-old girl named Mei.

    That explains a lot, actually.

    • #10
    • January 31, 2013 at 10:03 am
  11. Profile photo of Richard Fulmer Member

    It must have been the Chinese ministry of disinformation. 

    • #11
    • January 31, 2013 at 10:10 am
  12. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    Given the sheer hackitude of the NYT, it is a wonder the Chinese hackers were discovered at all. Talk about signal to noise!

    • #12
    • January 31, 2013 at 10:31 am
  13. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    Of course, the Chinese code probably was only coherent text on the NYT servers. It must have stuck out like a sore thumb.

    • #13
    • January 31, 2013 at 10:36 am
  14. Profile photo of WI Con Member

    It will be interesting to see if/what they editorialize about this. Imagine the howling if some agency of the US Gov’t did this? Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Koch Bros. are Boy Scouts compared to these guys.

    • #14
    • January 31, 2013 at 10:41 am
  15. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    Finally, I have many former colleagues and friends who went through heck on the NYT account. Let me just say that many a glass will be raised to those Chicom hackers. Ganbei!

    • #15
    • January 31, 2013 at 10:47 am
  16. Profile photo of Will Collier Inactive

    Like I said on the member feed, Red On Red is always a beautiful thing to watch.

    • #16
    • January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am
  17. Profile photo of Rawls Inactive

    “reductio ad flatus”

    Leave it to Jonah Goldberg to come up with the most sophisticated fart joke of all time.

    • #17
    • January 31, 2013 at 11:06 am
  18. Profile photo of KC Mulville Member

    And the difference has been … ?

    • #18
    • February 1, 2013 at 1:06 am
  19. Profile photo of Casey Member
    Casey
    Donald Todd: Why would anybody want to hack into the NY Times?

    Apparently, some prominent members of the Chinese military are sick and tired of being bested by Will Shortz. · 4 hours ago

    He’s the crossword guy, people! Hello?

    • #19
    • February 1, 2013 at 1:41 am
  20. Profile photo of David Martini Inactive

    I’m surprised it was discovered. They probably thought it was a new bureau chief leaning a little more to the left.

    • #20
    • February 1, 2013 at 2:44 am
  21. Profile photo of Pilli Member

    Actually, this is serious. Those recipes for Chinese meals the NYT published were STOLEN from behind the paywall.

    In other news, the Chinese government has banned the making of Dim Sum using the NYT recipe because it is “inauthentic”.

    • #21
    • February 1, 2013 at 3:17 am
  22. Profile photo of Pilli Member

    Just yesterday, I was troubleshooting a western state government server and found firm evidence of hacking by someone in Beijing. Data was being forwarded to the foreign computer.

    • #22
    • February 1, 2013 at 3:21 am
  23. Profile photo of Dudley Inactive

    The Chinese hacking the NYT is like a parent poking around their kid’s laptop.

    • #23
    • February 1, 2013 at 3:29 am
  24. Profile photo of Rob Long Founder
    Rob Long Post author
    Pilli: Just yesterday, I was troubleshooting a western state government server and found firm evidence of hacking by someone in Beijing. Data was being forwarded to the foreign computer. · 4 hours ago

    I don’t know if you’re kidding or not, but I heard from a un-nameable intelligence operative — I’m serious — that the Chinese have been sweeping laptops in Beijing hotel rooms, hacking into American servers, and generally breaking-and-entering American networks at will for almost ten years.

    • #24
    • February 1, 2013 at 7:36 am
  25. Profile photo of Casey Member

    I don’t know how Dennis Miller endures the silence.

    • #25
    • February 1, 2013 at 7:54 am
  26. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    Wait a minute! Bob wasn’t by any chance a NYT employee, was he?

    • #26
    • February 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm
  27. Profile photo of skipsul Moderator
    Rob Long: The Chinese have been hacking into the New York Times, according to the New York Times:
    So now we know who has been writing all of those Thomas Friedman columns. · · 3 hours ago

    Yes, but who hacked in and forged the Krugman articles? My money is on Iran there.

    • #27
    • February 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm