Journalists in China say Yahoo accounts hacked
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 23:45
Beijing: Yahoo e-mail accounts belonging to foreign journalists appeared to have been hacked and Google's Chinese search engine was intermittently blocked on Tuesday, the latest troubles in China's heavily censored Internet market.

The Yahoo Inc accounts of at least three journalists and an analyst became inaccessible over the last few weeks. They were greeted with messages saying, "We've detected an issue with your account" and were told to contact Yahoo, they said today. Yahoo techs told one of the four that his account had been hacked and restored his access, but it was not clear if the other instances were related.

Sensitivity about Internet security has run high since Google Inc announced in January it might leave China after a series of cyberattacks and complaints about censorship. Last week, Google made a partial retreat, shutting down its mainland-based search engine and redirecting those queries offshore, to the freer Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

Analysts have been watching closely to see if China retaliates for Google's high-profile departure from the mainland search engine market.

Many redirected queries appeared blocked today on the Hong Kong-based search engine. Searches for benign terms were met with results on Chinese competitors such as and, however, an error page would pop up when typed into

Dozens of China-based Twitter users posted updates saying they were having the same problem. But it wasn't immediately clear what was causing the glitch.

Zhou Shuguang, a Beijing-based writer who blogs under the name "Zuola," said he tried to search the word "pest" using several search engines. Only returned an error message.


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 23:45

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