Russia suspected in reported NY Times hack; attacks on journalists ramped up

By Erin Ayers on September 14, 2016

News broke this week that FBI officials are investigating a cyber attack on the New York Times, allegedly by Russian hackers.

First reported by CNN, the hack is thought to be connected to other high-profile cyber events, such as the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and release of sensitive emails during the Democratic National Convention.

The FBI did not comment further on the case, nor did the unnamed officials cited by CNN add any details. The Times denied that the hackers were able to infiltrate the paper’s system in any meaningful way.

“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools,” Eileen Murphy, spokesperson for the Times, said in a statement. “We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised.”

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Erin is an editor at Advisen. She has 15 years of journalism experience. Prior to Advisen, Erin covered property-casualty insurance for 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Standard, New England’s Insurance Weekly. Erin is based in Boston, Mass. Contact Erin at eayers@advisen.com.