CBS News: Reporter’s Computer Hacked

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Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
June 14 2013 3:28 PM

CBS News Confirms Reporter’s Computer was Hacked

Sharyl Attkisson is known for her reporting on the anti-gun-trafficking program Operation Fast and Furious, as well as the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya

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CBS News investigate reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed remotely without authorization several times in late 2012, the news organization said Friday, citing the results of a an analysis that was carried out by a cyber security firm. Atkisson’s computer was “accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012,” the CBS News spokeswoman said.

The forensic analysis showed the hacker searched for information and copied data before using “sophisticated methods” to remove all traces of the intrusion. “CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access,” the spokeswoman said.

The allegations of hacking first became public when Attkisson appeared on a Philadelphia radio program in the middle of the allegations that the Justice Department had snooped on reporters, and said that “there could be some relationship between these things and what’s happened to James [Rosen],” the Fox News reporter whose emails were tracked by the Department of Justice, notes Politico. CBS, however, insists it is not accusing the federal government of the intrusion into Attkisson’s computer. 

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.


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