Media figure Rupert Murdoch has said that cyberattacks apparently originating from China against publication The Wall Street Journal are still taking place.
Taking to Twitter, the Australian CEO of News Corp. claimed his publication was still the victim of hacking. Although no direct, substantial evidence has come to light over the attacks, the finger is being pointed at the Chinese:
Murdoch has not elaborated on the claims. The tweet comes soon after the Journal reinforced its security network in order to try and stop Chinese hackers having a poke around "for the apparent purpose of monitoring the newspaper's China coverage."
It came to light last week that the New York Times was a victim of persistent cyberattacks. The publication said that most-likely Chinese hackers had been "persistently" attacking it over the past four months, and not only managed to access the email accounts of journalists, but were also stealing credentials.
The attacks -- allegedly originating from the Chinese military -- coincided with the publication's report and investigation into the Chinese Prime Minister's Wen's family finances, which suggested the family had accumulated "several billion dollars through business dealings."
After the report was made public, the New York Times found themselves blocked by China's great firewall.
The Times later placed the blame at Symantec's feet, claiming that the firm did nothing to protect the publication from such attacks. However, Symantec hit back, saying that anti-virus software is not enough, and common sense is often the best policy to protect against such threats.
The Wall Street Journal was next to come forward, stating that similar attacks had taken place, in which infiltrators were looking for the names of journalistic sources. The publication alleged these attacks originated from China, and the unwanted attention has lasted "several years."
The Washington Post chipped in, stating that "like other companies in the news recently, we face cybersecurity threats," and using the same security firm as The Times, Mandiant, investigations into these attacks are ongoing. A vice president at the security firm, Grady Summers, declined to comment on specific intrusions but told the Washington Post that in general, government-sponsored Chinese hackers "want to know who the sources are, who in China is talking to the media. They want to understand how the media is portraying them -- what they’re planning and what’s coming.”
Chinese officials rejected such claims of hacking, and said that the U.S. was simply fanning "fear of China" for political motives. However, this may not be enough, as the U.S. government is considering further action after commissioning a new report on the danger cyberattacks pose to American security. Talks with Chinese officials over hacking have reportedly failed, and it may result in diplomatic and trade measures if the persistent nature of cybercrime does not change.