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China hackers breach Washington Post website

- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 19, 2013

China is being blamed for hacking into the Washington Post's servers — the third time in three years — and accessing employee user names and passwords.

A spokeswoman for the newspaper said they learned of the breach late Wednesday, from one of the company's cybersecurity contractors, Mandiant, United Press International reported.

"This is an ongoing investigation, but we believe it was a few days at most," said the spokeswoman, Kris Coratti, in UPI.

The hackers didn't gain access to any subscriber information, like credit or debit card numbers, or addresses, Ms. Corbatti said. They also failed to hack into the newspaper's publishing system, and therefore couldn't get emails or specific personnel information, UPI reported.

The hackers didn't access subscriber information, such as credit cards and addresses. They also didn't hack into the newspaper's publishing system, emails or personnel information.

As a safety precaution, the newspapers advised workers to change their user names and passwords. The report didn't specify how the hackers had been identified as hailing from China.

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