Yahoo accounts of journalists based in China and Taiwan hacked

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Foreign journalists and academics targeted.

Webmail accounts of foreign journalists based in China and Taiwan have reportedly been hacked.

According to BBC News, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) has confirmed eight cases of Yahoo email hacks in recent weeks, and criticised Yahoo for not answering the FCCC's questions about the attacks or telling individual mail users about how the accounts were accessed.

It reported on Clifford Coonan, a reporter for the Irish Times, who told the AFP news agency that he had an error message when he logged into his Yahoo account this week.

He said: “I don't know who's doing it, what happened. They (Yahoo) haven't given any information, but it seems to be happening to journalists and academics in China, so that's why it's a little suspicious.”

The incident comes only a few months after Google accused China of hacking the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. This has culminated in Google scaling down its Chinese domain and moving search operations to Hong Kong.

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