19 Dec 2013
Unknown hackers broke into Washington Post servers and accessed employees’ usernames and passwords, according to the newspaper’s statement.
It seems the hack began with an intrusion into a server used by the Post’s foreign staff and spread to other company servers before it was discovered. The contractor responsible for the media outlet’s cyber security informed the company of the breach.
“This is an ongoing investigation, but we believe it was a few days at most,” said Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti.
Officials added that there is no sign that subscribers’ data, such as credit cards details or home addresses, was stolen. It seems the Post’s publishing system was also left unharmed.
This is the latest in a series of security breaches the American daily newspaper has suffered in the past three years. In 2011, Chinese hackers targeted the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other prominent US newspapers.