On Wednesday night, The New York Times announced it had been the target of attacks from hackers in China for the past four months. The attacks followed an investigation by Times reporter David Barboza into the personal wealth of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. Times officials said the Chinese government had warned that the piece on Wen's relatives would "have consequences," which triggered the newspaper's executives to ask AT&T to watch their network for unusual activity.
The hackers were able to steal the corporate passwords of every Times employee, as well as break into the personal computers of 53 employees.
In an interview Thursday, an executive with the computer-security company the Times hired to stop the attack says the breach reflects an alarming difference between Western and Chinese hackers.