CBS News confirms reporter Sharyl Attkisson's computer was hacked

The computer of an investigative reporter for CBS News was indeed hacked, the network said Friday.

Sharyl Attkisson, known for controversial exposes on the Justice Department's disastrous "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation as well as the attack on Benghazi, Libya, that has bedeviled the Obama administration, said last month that her work and personal computers had been "compromised" by an unknown party.

At the time she said she had no details on who was hacking her but compared her case to that of James Rosen, a Fox News reporter whose emails were allegedly searched by the Justice Department after he had reported on CIA intelligence on North Korea.

Now CBS has confirmation of a breach.

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"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," the network wrote in a statement.

"While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data."

CBS is continuing to investigate the situation, and many questions remain. While Attkisson initially said that both her home and work computers were compromised, the CBS statement identified only one computer.

A CBS News spokeswoman said the network was unable to elaborate beyond the statement.


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