Friday, June 14, 2013
CBS Confirms Reporter Sharyl Attkisson's Computers Were Hacked Multiple Times
CBS News has confirmed that there were highly sophisticated, multiple hacking attacks on reporter Sharyl Attkisson's home and work computers.
CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair said that a cybersecurity firm hired by CBS News "has determined through forensic analysis" that "Attkisson's computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012."
"Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson's accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data. This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion. CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access."
Late 2012..when Ms. Attkisson was practically the only mainstream news reporter not working for FOX that was covering the Benghazi debacle.
Attkisson first noticed the attacks, when she saw unusual activity, such as dormant computers spontaneously “waking up” at odd hours. She also noticed disruptions on her home phone line.
You'll also remember that Attkisson was also the only non-FOX reporter covering th eFast and Furious scandal, which saw the Department of Justice using straw buyers purchase weapons and then allow them to walk the weapons across the border and sell them to the Mexican Drug Cartels.
In an interview Friday, Attkisson said that she was “outraged” oveer the hacking attacks.
“This wasn’t any ordinary malware of a phishing attempt,” that is, an effort to gain personal information, she said. “I assume someone wanted to see what I was working on.”
“The privacy and security of every American citizen in his own home, not to mention the work of a journalist, is sacrosanct. The idea that an unknown party could come into your home electronically is upsetting and disturbing. . . . People should be disturbed that a reporter would be spied on and intimidated this way. I do feel that this was an attempt to make me feel intimidated.”
I doubt there's much question about who was hacking her computers.Or why.