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Reporters’ Google e-mail hacked in China

Associated Press / January 19, 2010

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

In announcing a possible exit from China last week, Google did not specify how the accounts with its Gmail service were hacked into or by whom. Information has since trickled out.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China sent an e-mail yesterday 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.