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.
repeated invasion of privacy of foreign and local journalists in China
is alarming,” said IFJ General Secretary Aidan
intentions and origins of the hackers are unknown, but it is clear that
journalists, press freedom and human rights activists are among those repeatedly
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/
further information contact IFJ
Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries