Suspected Chinese hackers hit News Corp with ‘persistent cyberattack’ in January

The media conglomerate, whose publications include The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, said the hack targeted one of its IT providers and that the attackers succeeded in stealing some unspecified data.

News Corp (NWS) hired cybersecurity firm Mandiant (MNDT) to investigate the breach. The firm «assesses that those behind this activity have a China nexus, and we believe they are likely involved in espionage activities to collect intelligence to benefit China’s interests,» David Wong, vice president of consulting at Mandiant, said in a statement.

The incident did not appear to affect systems holding customer and financial data, News Corp said.

«Together with an outside cybersecurity firm, the Company is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the activity to determine its nature, scope, duration and impacts,» News Corp said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.