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Wow. According to Thomas Crampton and the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents’ Club, somebody out there is targeting journalists with emails containing malicious viruses.
The SFCC has been warning its members that news assistants are being targeted by malicious emails such as the one below:
/> I am the economics editor of The XXX newspaper. I plan to be in
/> Beijing October 2nd, (arriving late evening) to research the annual
/> world economy survey.
/> I wonder if someone can help me fix up some interviews.
/> I attach a list of people I would like to meet with. I would be happy
/> with just 6-7 interviews during my stay, so don’t worry if some of
/> them are away. If a lot of my chosen economists are unavailable, I
/> will have a few more names.
/> I think that they are all Chinese speakers, but please check for me as
/> I find that discussing technical economics through a translator does
/> not work very well.
/> I will be staying at the China World Hotel, No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue .
/> From past experience, it would be good if meetings could be grouped to
/> minimise getting stuck in bad traffic!
/> The subject I am researching is the implications for the world
/> economy, and in particular the developed economies, of the increasing
/> global importance of China, India and the other emerging economies.
/> How is the increased
/> weight in the world of emerging economies affecting growth rates, jobs,
/> wages, profits, commodity prices, inflation, interest rates, asset
/> prices, capital flows and exchange rates? Who will be the winners and
/> losers in this new
/> Please let me know if you need any more information.
/> And thank you in advance for helping me arange my trip.
/> Best regards
The mails are allegedly being sent to specific email addresses, not just ones you can glean off the internet, in an attempt to… Spy? Censor? Destroy documents? We’re not actually sure why. But something nefarious is going on and we’re gonna make sure that we keep an extra clear eye out for emails with attachments from now on.
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Chinese cyberattacks target media ahead of anniversary