Chinese hackers broke into the New York Times’ computers →

The New York Times:

SAN FRANCISCO — For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.

After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in.

The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times investigation, published online on Oct. 25, that found that the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings.

Security experts hired by The Times to detect and block the computer attacks gathered digital evidence that Chinese hackers, using methods that some consultants have associated with the Chinese military in the past, breached The Times’s network. They broke into the e-mail accounts of its Shanghai bureau chief, David Barboza, who wrote the reports on Mr. Wen’s relatives, and Jim Yardley, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief in India, who previously worked as bureau chief in Beijing.

The whole article is well worth reading. The story is both shocking and intriguing.

There are plenty of details missing. I hope we will know more soon.

Though, something is striking. This is now out. Why? Isn’t it the goal of these attacks to scare future informants?
Why choose to reveal this? Is China the only country guilty of such attacks in general?
What impact has this article on the countries’ relationships, populations?

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal too.