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NYTimes, WSJournal use rumors as facts in stories on their getting hacked

Curseyoukhan (2601315) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Curseyoukhan writes "Both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were hacked last week, and the incidents made headlines not because they were a big deal but because the press loves to talk about itself. In this case, the talk came in the form of some appallingly bad reporting.

Both papers say China was to blame for the attacks without offering a single piece of evidence to support this claim. The only person who even raises the issue of how difficult it is to identify the culprits in attacks like these is a spokesman for the Chinese government.

"Cyber attacks are transnational and anonymous. It's very hard to trace the source of attack," he said. "To presume the source of a hacking attack based on speculation is irresponsible and unprofessional."

Not a good sign when an apparatchik has to remind the nation's two most powerful newspapers how to report the news."

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