China Cyber Attacks Foreign Press Club


A report (April 2) provided by the New York based Committee to Protect Journalists notes that ongoing denials by the communist Chinese regime, of hacking and censorship of foreign correspondents, is generating an atmosphere of distrust and anxiety within journalists based in China who fear the security of their communications.  

“The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) confirmed in an e-mailed statement today that it has shut down its Web site because of denial-of-service attacks, and that the attacks apparently came from computers within China and in the United States. Denial-of-service attacks can be intentionally generated when many users try to connect to a Web site simultaneously, overwhelming the server that hosts the Web site. “We do not know who is behind these attacks or what their motivation is,” the FCCC’s statement said.

“We are concerned about the hostile environment this creates for foreign journalists in China and the potential risk it poses to their sources,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “Journalists working in China are increasingly concerned about online communication and the implications Web interference has for their reporting.”

Grateful appreciation to the CPJ

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