(WASHINGTON) — Hackers gained access to the Washington Post‘s servers, obtaining employee usernames and passwords, company officials said Wednesday.
Newspaper officials believe the encroachment may have lasted “a few days at most,” the Post reported.
The instance marks the third time in three years that hackers have gained access to company information. Mandiant, a cybersecuity contractor, monitor’s the Post‘s networks.
Though company passwords are encrypted, all employees were asked to change their usernames and passwords in the event hackers were able to decipher the information. Officials did not see any evidence that more personal data, such as credit card or Social Security numbers, were obtained.
The company suspected that Chinese hackers may be to blame for the latest hack, based on a similiar instance in 2011 where the newspaper, along with the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, was a target. A server used by the Post’s foreign staff was compromised in the recent incident, which eventually spread to other servers.
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