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Cyber-attacks a constant threat for human rights, free expression organisations

The following is a CPJ Blog post by Frank Smyth, Senior Adviser for Journalist Security:

The two websites at the University of Texas at Austin, at first blush, seemed to have been unlikely targets for attack. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and its blog cover news about journalism, press freedom and journalist safety throughout the Western hemisphere, with an emphasis on trends in Latin America. The website of the International Symposium for Online Journalism provides information about meetings and other professional issues. Both websites were shut down for two weeks last month in a targeted cyber-attack.

Attacks targeting news, human rights, and free expression organizations "are very common," Eva Galperin, global policy analyst at the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, told CPJ. In fact, CPJ's own website briefly came under attack on February 8, although the hacking did not take the site down. "Many groups encounter such threats on a near-daily basis, and civil society must exercise constant vigilance to protect against these threats," said Masashi Crete-Nishihata, research manager at the University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, in an email to CPJ.

Read the full story on CPJ's website.

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