CBS News Confirms: Sharyl Attkissons Computer Breached on Several Occasions

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CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative reporter who has doggedly pursued the truth behind the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, said in May that her personal and work computers had been compromised.

And now CBS News has confirmed her suspicions.

From CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair:

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.

Now although no one has said outright that the Department of Justice is responsible for the multiple breaches, the agency’s treatment of Fox News’ James Rosen makes them a very likely suspect.

The DOJ, for its part, has denied any involvement in the Atkinson case, saying:

To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use.

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