After a lengthy newspaper investigation on China's prime minister, The New York Times claims, the newspaper's computer systems were infiltrated and attacked by Chinese hackers. Read More ..
The attacks began four months ago and culminated with hackers stealing the corporate password for every Times employee, according to the paper. The personal computers of 53 of these employees were also broken into and spied on.
The Times discovered the attacks after observing "unusual activity" in its computer system. Security investigators were then able to get into the system and track the hackers' movements, see what the infiltrators were after, and eventually "expel them."
Hackers penetrated the newspaper's computers as one of its reporters, David Barboza, was wrapping up an investigation into the family wealth of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. Once the story published in October, the hackers' activity intensified. According to The New York Times, they were after information on the sources and contacts for Barboza's story.