(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – For the third time in three years, The Washington Post’s servers were hacked, with the hackers gaining access to employee users names and passwords.
According to a report from The Washington Post on Wednesday, the extent of the data taken “was not immediately clear,” but all employees were urged to change their user names and passwords.
Officials stated they were notified of the invasion by the cybersecurity contractor that monitors their networks, Mandiant.
There is no evidence that suggests credit cards, social security numbers, home addresses, and the Post’s publishing system were accessed by the hackers, continues the report.
“This is an ongoing investigation, but we believe it was a few days at most,” stated Post spokeswoman, Kris Coratti.
Suspicion of the attack focuses on Chinese hackers who were linked to hacking networks in 2011 such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
The attack that occurred on Wednesday began with a breach into a server used by foreign staff, which then spread to the other company servers.