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Foreign Journalists Focused on China See Yahoo Email Accounts Hacked

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On Tuesday, Yahoo announced that the email accounts of some foreign journalists appeared to have been hacked. With the recent moves around Google and China, any news like this is treated with a high degree of suspicion.

In January, Google announced that hackers from China had attempted to break into the accounts of several Chinese human rights activists. As a result of that, Google eventually began redirecting users from its site to, its uncensored Hong Kong site.

The announcement by Yahoo indicated that the accounts of at least three journalists and an analyst were made inaccessible over the last few weeks. The original users were met with error messages saying, "We've detected an issue with your account" and were told to contact Yahoo.

All four of the users affected by the hacking are focused on China and related issues in their journalism. Reports indicate that those affected also said that they have heard of similar reports from other colleagues.

Yahoo issued a statement Tuesday condemning the hacking on Tuesday. They promised to "take appropriate action in the event of any kind of breach." However, the company refused to either confirm or deny the AP report.

Written by Michael Santo

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