Cyber attacks against media on the rise, rights group says

UNITED NATIONS Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:27am IST

Related Topics

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Cyber attacks against journalists and media organizations around the world have increased over the past few years as criminal hackers provide a cheap and easy way of censoring the press, a media rights group said on Thursday.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said media cyber attacks, such as those that recently occurred at The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, were simply part of a growing global trend.

"We have seen distributed denial of service attacks against individual journalists and against individual news outlets increasing over the last few years," Robert Mahoney, the rights group's deputy director, told reporters.

Denial of service attacks occur when hackers disrupt operations by flooding them with information. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both have said that the cyber attacks targeting them last month originated in China.

"They are becoming increasingly sophisticated, it's very cheap to hire criminal hackers to mount such a distributed denial of service attack and digital security, information security is vital," Mahoney said.

"We have reports in places in Africa and Asia of journalists coming under attack, even in North Africa, even before the 'Arab Spring' there were attacks against news outlets in Tunisia for example," he said. "We have seen whole newspapers brought down in countries like Ethiopia because there's been an attack." (Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Paul Simao)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

China's Twitter

REUTERS SHOWCASE

No-hire Trial

No-hire Trial

Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords  Full Article 

Apartheid-era Case

Apartheid-era Case

Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses  Full Article 

Online Banking

Online Banking

China issues banking rules to strengthen online payment security  Full Article 

Web Control

Web Control

China calls on Russia, central Asia allies to tighten Internet controls.  Full Article 

In Demand

In Demand

Microsoft's Xbox One sales cross 5 million.  Full Article 

Digital Currency

Digital Currency

Mt. Gox suitors seek support to save bitcoin exchange.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage