Burmese govt denies hacking journalists' email accounts
Washington, Feb 12 : The Burmese government has denied that it was behind a possible attempt to hack into the email accounts of journalists working for foreign and local media.
At least 12 reporters received messages from Google last week when they tried to access their Gmail accounts.
The messages said hackers 'may be attempting to compromise your account or your computer.'
According to the New York Daily News, Myanmar presidential spokesman Ye Htut asked Google to identify those responsible, saying 'the vague reference to state-sponsored attackers hurts the image of the government.'
Ye Htut said he also received one of hacking warnings on his own Gmail account, about one week after most of the Myanmar journalists received theirs.
He posted a screen photo on his Facebook page to back up the claim, the report said.
Google's warnings spooked journalists in Myanmar, and raised concerns about the status of newfound press freedoms in a country that until recently was considered one of the most censored in the world.
For decades, journalists in Myanmar were subjected to routine state surveillance, telephone taps and censorship so intense that independent newspapers could not even publish on a daily basis.