CBS's Sharyl Attkisson revealed on Twitter on Friday morning that her computer was, indeed, hacked, as she had alleged back on May 21, 2013. Attkisson quoted from her network's own statement about the finding:
"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 in late 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson's accounts."
The correspondent, whose reporting on the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal earned CBS Evening News an Edward R. Murrow Award, and has stood out for continuously covering the ongoing controversy surrounding the September 2012 Islamist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, explained the firm's findings over seven tweets:
"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."
During a May 2013 interview on Philadelphia radio station WPHT, Attkisson speculated that "there could be some relationship between these things and what's happened to James [Rosen]," the Fox News correspondent at the center of the Justice Department's controversial surveillance of journalists. The DOJ later denied involvement: "To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never 'compromised' Ms. Atkisson's computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use."