CBS News says their Investigative Reporter’s Computer was Hacked

cbs-news-reporter-computer-hackedCBS News has revealed that one of their investigative reporter had her computer hacked and remotely accessed by an unknown hackers late last year.

The reporter has been identified as Sharyl Attkisson had her computer remotely accessed from three different location by unknown party, citing an analysis by an outside cyber security firm.

CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair confirmed the hack in these words:

The forensic analysis showed the hacker appeared to have searched and extracted data, and then “used sophisticated methods” to cover up the unauthorized activity, CBS News is “taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.

Sharyl Attkisson made name for her reporting on several high profile issues such as Benghazi, Libya, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed and ongoing anti-gun-trafficking program Operation Fast and Furious.

At the moment it is unclear who the culprit were, what were their motives and what kind of sensitive data did the extracted from the hacked computer.

This is not the first time when CBS was attacked by hackers, last year the online hackavists Anonymous had hacked the official website of CBS for #OpMegaUpload, against shutting down of online file sharing website and who can forget that million dollar Tweet of Obama’s involvement in Boston bombings made by Syrian Electronic Army after hacking the official Twitter account of CBS News in  April 2013. 

In past China has been blamed for hacking several US based defence organisations, media outlets and tech giants, however it will be too early to go into a blame game.


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