Wall Street Journal says it also hit by Chinese hackers

Washington (dpa) – The Wall Street Journal reported that it was attacked by Chinese hackers, a day after The New York Times reported similar attacks had been going on for four months.

Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co said Thursday that the newspaper’s computer systems were being infiltrated by Chinese hackers, adding that it was an apparent effort to spy on reporters covering China.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating such attacks on the media for more than a year, the Journal reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the inquiry.

The Times said the its attacks started after it reported the wealth of Premier Wen Jiabao’s family and the results of an investigation that showed that the relatives of Wen Jiabao had accumulated fortunes worth several billion dollars through business dealings.

Cybersecurity experts eventually ”expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in,” the Times said.

The experts found evidence that the hackers used ”methods that some consultants have associated with the Chinese military in the past” to infiltrate the newspaper’s computer systems, it said.

The Journal did not give any more details about its own problems.