Confirmed: CBS News Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson's Computer Compromised

Posted: Jun 14, 2013 11:29 AM
Shortly after the news broke that the Department of Justice had been secretly monitoring the phones and email accounts of Associated Press and Fox News reporters (and the parents of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen), CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson said her computer seemed like it had been compromised. Turns out, it was:

"A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.

  This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.

  CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.”
Attkisson has lead the way in exposing and covering Operation Fast and Furious, Solyndra and Benghazi.

Again I asked the question: How many reporters and outlets was the Department of Justice secretly monitoring? I guarantee it doesn't stop with the Associated Press and Fox News.

UPDATE: Attkisson says she believes this was an effort to intimidate her.

She said in an interview Friday that she was “outraged” by the breach, which did not appear to be aimed at extracting personal financial information.

“This wasn’t any ordinary malware of a phishing attempt,” that is, an effort to gain personal information, she said. “I assume someone wanted to see what I was working on.”

“The privacy and security of every American citizen in his own home, not to mention the work of a journalist, is sacrosanct. The idea that an unknown party could come into your home electronically is upsetting and disturbing. .?.?. People should be disturbed that a reporter would be spied on and intimidated this way. I do feel that this was an attempt to make me feel intimidated.”