(Reuters) – News Corp. revealed on Friday that it was the target of a cyberattack that gained access to data from some employees, and its Internet security adviser said the hack was probably aimed at gathering "intelligence to benefit China's interests."  The Wall Street Journal publisher said that the intrusion, which was discovered in late January, gained access to emails and documents from a limited number of employees, including journalists, but added that the cyber security company Mandiant had contained the attack.
"Mandiant estimates that behind this activity there is a "China's nexus, and we think they're likely involved in espionage activities to gather intelligence to benefit China's interests," David Wong, vice president of consulting services at Mandiant, told Reuters. "The Chinese embassy in the United States did not respond immediately. a request for comment.
"Although we are at an early stage of our investigation, we believe that the activity affected a b limited number of companies ess email accounts and documents from News Corp. Headquarters, News Technology Services, Dow Jones, News UK and New York Post, "business leaders wrote in a letter to employees, seen by Reuters.
" Our preliminary analysis indicates that foreign government interference may be associated with this activity and that certain data was taken. "
The company added that its other business units, including HarperCollins Publishers, Move, News Corp. Australia, Foxtel, REA and Storyful, were not targeted in the attack.
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news , competes with Reuters, the news division of Thomson Reuters Corp., in delivering news to the media.