Yesterday the New York Times revealed that it had suffered attacks at the hands of what it claimed were hackers from China, and today the Wall Street Journal has joined the group of victims. The Journal is reporting that its computers had been compromised by Chinese hackers, apparently to monitor the paper's coverage of China itself. The timeframe or length of these specific attacks weren't detailed, but Paula Keve — chief spokesperson for WSJ parent company Dow Jones & Co. — said in a statement that a network overhaul had recently been completed in order to enhance security. That said, the infiltration is an "ongoing issue," but Keve stressed that the company is continuing to work with authorities and security experts in order "to protect our customers, employees, journalists and sources."
The Beijing bureau of the WSJ is one of the ways in which the hackers are said to have been able to gain access to the publication's systems. "Evidence shows that infiltration efforts target the monitoring of the Journal's coverage of China, and are not an attempt to gain commercial advantage or to misappropriate customer information," Keve said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating both the Times and Journal incidents, considering them both part of a national-security case against the US.