New record: hackers had access to the internal networks of the News Corp media conglomerate for two whole years
Malefactors managed to be revealed only in January of this year.
Last week, the American transnational media holding News Corp revealed some very unexpected news in one of the letters addressed to its employees. In January, the corporation’s specialists discovered that unknown hackers compromised the company’s internal systems 2 years ago and had access to them all this time. It’s scary to think how much information about employees, various insider data, as well as information about the internal workings of News Corp has been obtained by attackers during all this time.
Companies owned by News Corp include influential US media such as Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, New York Post, Sun and MarketWatch.
“… between February 2020 and January 2022, an unauthorized party had access to certain business documents and emails from a limited number of employee accounts, some of these documents contained personally identifiable information,” News Corp said in a statement. his letter .
The company’s notice also mentions that employee data compromised in the attack could include names, dates of birth, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, financial account information, medical information, and health insurance information.
The media conglomerate said it has not yet received reports that attackers have used the company’s internal data to commit fraud, steal employees’ personal information, or perform other malicious activities. Since hackers have had access to this data for a long time, they may no longer plan to carry out such attacks. Or maybe they’re just waiting for the right opportunity.
News Corp said that at the moment, experts no longer have evidence of “continuing unauthorized access” to the corporation’s internal systems. Of course, it’s good that the hackers were “driven away” from the company’s networks, but News Corp employees are unlikely to soon let go of the idea that all their data is at someone’s disposal.