In Online Ruse, Fake Journalists Tried to Hack Saudi Critic

Posted on November 8, 2018 1:58 pm

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Hackers impersonating journalists tried to intercept the communications of a prominent Saudi opposition figure in Washington, The Associated Press has found. One attempt involved the fabrication of a fake BBC secretary and an elaborate television interview request; the other involved the impersonation of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi to deliver a malicious link. Media rights defenders denounced the hacking effort, which they said would make it harder for genuine reporters to do their jobs. “It’s incredibly dangerous to employ this kind of tactic,” said Elodie Vialle, who heads the technology desk at Paris-based Reporters Without Borders. “The chilling effect