Journalists’ rights groups are demanding an explanation and stronger online privacy protections after reporters in China said their Yahoo! Inc. e-mail accounts were hacked.
The accounts of at least 10 foreign journalists based in China and Taiwan were targeted in cyber attacks in recent weeks, Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based press freedom group, said in a March 31 statement. The group cited the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, which is accusing Yahoo of failing to respond to questions or explain what happened.
Reports of hacking into Yahoo e-mail follow similar disclosures by Google Inc., which in January said it was one of at least 20 companies targeted in a “highly sophisticated” computer attack. Mountain View, California-based Google said the December attacks were directed at e-mail accounts of human- rights activists. Google has since stopped self-censoring search results in China and redirects users to its Hong Kong site.“
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