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Rupert Murdoch's News Corp hit by cyberattack it says was from China

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News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch. Drew Angerer-Pool/Getty Images
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  • News Corp was hit by a cyberattack last month, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Cybersecurity experts believe the hackers were gathering intelligence from China.
  • The hack reportedly affected outlets including The Journal, the New York Post, and Dow Jones.
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News Corp, the media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch, was hit by a cyberattack it suspects came from China, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The Journal is owned by News Corp.

The hack accessed emails and documents belonging to the company's employees, including journalists, The Journal reported.

Mandiant Inc., a cybersecurity firm that News Corp hired to investigate the hack, said it believes the perpetrators were working for China.

"Mandiant assesses that those behind this activity have a China nexus, and we believe they are likely involved in espionage activities to collect intelligence to benefit China's interests," said David Wong, the company's vice-president of incident response, as per The Journal.

The hack affected several news outlets owned by News Corp, including Dow Jones, the New York Post, The Sun, and The Times of London, The Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The attack was discovered on January 20, The Journal reported.

US officials have long warned of Chinese intelligence gathering in the US. Earlier this week FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau opened new cases on Chinese intelligence operations every 12 hours.

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