U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Computers Hacked

Dec 21, 2011
Originally published on December 21, 2011 9:35 am
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WERTHEIMER: The computer system of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - the nation's largest business lobbying group - was breached by hackers in China. The Wall Street Journal reports the attacks targeted employees who focus on Asia policy. Emails, information about trade policy and trips as well as other details about the Chamber's 3 million members were accessed.

The FBI discovered the breach in 2010 and alerted the Chamber, which has since worked to overhaul its cybersecurity system. Chinese officials say the allegation lacks proof; that China forbids hacking. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.