Sharyl Attkisson - CBS

Sharyl Attkisson – CBS

CBS NEWS hinted last month that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer had been compromised, but didn’t give definitive details or proof. Now an investigation has been completed, with more information to collaborate the initial suspicious that Sharyl Attkisson was a victim of cyber snooping, though who did it is unknown.

Well, it may be unprovable, but it’s not hard to guess who came, saw and lifted, then erased any trace that they were there. But again, guessing isn’t proof.

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.”

The Attkisson-computer story surfaced when Attkisson appeared on a Philadelphia radio program amid the news about the Justice Department’s snooping on reporters. WPHT 1210 host Chris Stigall asked Attkisson whether she’d been the victim of any such tactics. She responded, “Well, um, I’m not ready to fully speak publicly about some things that have affected me because I’m trying to be methodical and careful about what I say, but there has been an issue in my house and there’s been an issue with my computers that’s gone on for quite a long time that we’re looking into.”

[Washington Post]