IFJ Urges China and Yahoo to Investigate Email Infiltration

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is

concerned to learn that the Yahoo email accounts of 10 Beijing-based foreign

journalists and the IFJ’s Hong Kong-based China

coordinator were infiltrated during March.

 

Staff from Yahoo Hong Kong reportedly contacted

some of the affected journalists to alert them to unusual movement in their

accounts but did not provide further details.

 

The IFJ understands the journalists do not know

how their accounts were hacked, or by whom. However, some of journalists

reported that their private mails had been forwarded to unknown people.

 

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China

(FCCC) issued a statement on March 31

saying it had confirmed eight cases in recent weeks in which the Yahoo accounts

of China and Taiwan-based journalists had been hacked, with

several accounts automatically disabled by Yahoo on March 25.

 

“The

repeated invasion of privacy of foreign and local journalists in China

is alarming,” said IFJ General Secretary Aidan

White.

 

“The

intentions and origins of the hackers are unknown, but it is clear that

journalists, press freedom and human rights activists are among those repeatedly

targeted.”

 

The IFJ

calls on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

to assist Yahoo in launching a thorough investigation into these incidents.

 

The FCCC has issued a reminder to all members that email

accounts are an insecure communication tool throughout China,

and offers tips on creating strong passwords at http://www.fccchina.org/2010/03/31/email-security-problems-spread-to-yahoo-accounts/

 

For

further information contact IFJ

Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries

worldwide