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Women journalists victims of tapping, hacking and digital security threats

15:05 Dec 2 2013 Washington, DC, USA

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The results of a survey among women journalists worldwide organised by the International News Safety Institute and the International Women's Media Foundation show that women in the media are victims of online VAW.

The result of this survey show that women media workers are victims of tapping, hacking and digital security threats. These are the main situations they have to face at work (in the office or in the field)

The results were:

• Tapping – 106 out of the 472 respondents answering the question (22.46%) stated they had been victims of tapping.

• Hacking – 73 out of 442 (22%) had experienced hacking.

• Digital /online surveillance – 96 out of 442 (21.72%) had been subject to digital online surveillance and

• Email or other digital online account hacking – 99 out of 453 (21.85%) had experienced this.

The mode period of time for this harassment was:

• Tapping – two years or more (21 / 37.50%)

• Hacking – one month or less (19 / 33.93%)

• Digital online surveillance – 2 years or more (21/ 51.22%) and

• Email or other digital online account hacking – one month or less (26 / 64.29%)

Over half of the 161 women who responded to the question revealed their personal email had been affected (84 / 52.17%), 74 / 45.96% said their work email had been affected, 64 / 39.75% reported their personal mobile (cell phone) was affected and 58 / 36.02% their social media account.

40 respondents out of a possible 202 (19.8%) confirmed that they had had source materials stolen through surveillance or hacking. The predominant means of the source theft was through email (28 / 60.87%) and then by telephone (14 / 30.43%). While almost half of 138 respondents (67 / 48.55%) did not know the perpetrators, 58 / 42.03% believed it was either government officials or the police.
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