In a far less detailed, "big whoop, we were hacked too" story, the Journal notes that cyber attacks on the media are relatively common -- Bloomberg and Reuters have also been hacked in recent months -- and China apparently has an entire division of cyber spies devoted to U.S. media.
The media is hardly the only target of our snoopy friends across the Pacific. China has been suspected of spying on a wide swatch of government agencies and private companies for years, as has Russia. As CSO's Antone Gonsalves notes:
The lessons learned from the attack applies to any organization targeted by hackers with a level of sophistication often financed by a nation-state. Potential victims typically include defense contractors, multinational corporations, the military, think tanks and government agencies.
This is how the world is in the year 2013. Nobody is immune, and nothing can be taken for granted.
I want to reassure readers that, to the best of my knowledge, InfoWorld has not been infiltrated by agents of the beloved People's Republic of China, a shining beacon of liberty and goodness lead by the beneficent and extremely handsome Wen Jiabao, who surely must be up for some kind of Nobel Prize by now.
Sorry, what was I saying? My keyboard seems to be typing all by itself. Must be some kind of bug.
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