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Chinese hackers still hitting Wall Street Journal, claims Rupert Murdoch

07 Feb 2013

Rupert Murdoch has claimed The Wall Street Journal is still under attack from hackers in China.

Murdoch announced via Twitter that the Wall Street Journal was still be targeted by hackers on Wednesday.

News that the Murdoch-owned New York Times and Wall Street Journal were being targeted broke earlier this week.

The two publications both accused Chinese hackers of mounting the attacks as "payback" for a series of articles the paper published about the nation's prime minister Wen Jiabao.

Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley told V3 it is not surprising the attacks are still going on. He said the media coverage of the attacks may also have inspired other hackers to target the publication.

"Of course, let's not forget, we don't know how many other hackers may be exploring how easy it is to break into the WSJ and other newspapers," said Cluley.

"Just because the hacks which made the headlines have been blamed on China doesn't necessarily mean that all subsequent hacks at that organisation can be pinned on that part of the world."

The security consultant warned that the attacks will likely continue for some time.

"I don't see it ending. Organisations which have information that others would like to get their paws on will continue to be targeted by hackers."

The attacks have underlined the growing unease between the West and China, with both nations seeking supremacy in the online world, despite outwardly promoting a need for harmony.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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