Hackers have been targeting journalists, and their organizations, for years.
In 2012, The New York Times revealed that Chinese government hackers had broken into some of its systems and the email accounts of some of their reporters and editors. Since then, there have been several other cases of hacks or attempted hacks against journalists in Mexico, the United States, and Russia, among other places.
In response to this increased threat, media organizations are stepping up their defenses. The New York Times has beefed up its cybersecurity team in recent years, including with the hire of Runa
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