Myanmar denies hacking journalist email accounts

AP News
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:46 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government is denying it was behind a possible attempt to hack into the email accounts of journalists working for foreign and local media who Google warned might have been the targets of "state-sponsored attackers."

At least 12 reporters, including a Yangon-based correspondent for The Associated Press, received messages from Google last week when they tried to access their Gmail accounts.

The messages said that hackers "may be attempting to compromise your account or your computer."

Google spokesman Taj Meadows confirmed the company issues such warnings to protect users, but said he could not disclose how Google knows the activity is "state-sponsored" without giving away information that would help attackers avoid detection.

Meadows also declined to say which state was behind the alleged hacking attempt.