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Russian Hackers Targeted More Than 200 Journalists Globally (apnews.com) 72

The Associated Press: Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web. Days earlier, the veteran journalist had come out live on air as HIV-positive, a taboo-breaking revelation that drew responses from hundreds of Russians fighting their own lonely struggles with the virus. Now he'd been hacked. The Associated Press found that Lobkov was targeted by the hacking group known as Fancy Bear in March 2015, nine months before his messages were leaked. He was one of at least 200 journalists, publishers and bloggers targeted by the group as early as mid-2014 and as recently as a few months ago. The AP identified journalists as the third-largest group on a hacking hit list obtained from cybersecurity firm Secureworks, after diplomatic personnel and U.S. Democrats. About 50 of the journalists worked at The New York Times. Another 50 were either foreign correspondents based in Moscow or Russian reporters like Lobkov who worked for independent news outlets. Others were prominent media figures in Ukraine, Moldova, the Baltics or Washington.
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Russian Hackers Targeted More Than 200 Journalists Globally

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Ow, my nose! You broke my nose!

  • by Martin S. ( 98249 ) <Martin.Spamer@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Friday December 22, 2017 @11:15AM (#55789297) Homepage Journal

    On the same day Snowden releases his spy app.

    Um, no connection here, nothing to see, move on.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You're trying to tie a physical location security system to russian online hacking?

      Oh, Snowden is in Russia!

      This is Russian Hacking!

      Therefore they must be related.

      Did you turn it off and on again??

      • If a majority of people here think that the Russians 'hacked the election' and also think that Snowden who defected to Russia with a bunch of US/UK secrets is 'a hero', then it's fair to say a lot of people here don't know what the hell they're talking about.

      • Your ignorance of the connections between Fancy Bear and Snowden is your problem, not mine.

  • "House passes first rewrite of nation's tax laws in three decades, providing steep tax cuts for businesses, the wealthy." https://twitter.com/AP/status/... [twitter.com]

    Exactly a DNC talking point, which the AP has no problem toeing the party line.

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