Monday, January 18, 2010

Foreign journalists in China hit in latest email attacks

jan 18th, 2010

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Girish

Foreign correspondents in a few bureaus in Beijng have recently discovered that their Gmail accounts had been hijacked. Their emails were being forwarded to a stranger's address.
Here is how you can check if your Gmail has been compromised:
  • Log into your Gmail account
  • Click "Settings" in the upper right hand corner. Then click on the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab.
  • Look at the forwarding section. If there's a mysterious email address you can't recognize, then
    that's cause for concern.
  • You can check "disable forwarding" to stop future emails from being sent to this address, though other steps may also be necessary to make your account secure.
We remind all members that journalists in China have been particular targets of hacker attacks in the last two years. Please be very careful about what links you click on, what email attachments you open, and do run virus checks regularly.
If you have been hacked, please let the FCCC know at We can help put you in touch with experts to run diagnostics.

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