September 24, 2013

Three months have passed since CBS News confirmed that the computer of investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson had been breached. “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,” said the network, in part, in a statement.

Sharyl Attkisson
Sharyl Attkisson (John P. Filo/CBS News)

Shortly after this disclosure, Attkisson, in a Fox News appearance declared, “I think I know” who was responsible for the intrusions. Over the summer, the Erik Wemple Blog pressed CBS News multiple times to disclose just who it is that Attkisson thinks she knows illegally accessed her computers. No answers.

In a recent C-SPAN appearance, however, Attkisson suggested that work on the hacking case hasn’t wrapped up. “We are progressing with the investigation,” she said in a chat with C-SPAN’s Steven Scully. The effort includes CBS News, lawyers and investigators, said Attkisson.

When asked how she knew her machines had been compromised, Attkisson mentioned that they were turning on at night in suspicious ways. Also: “I had people warning me and coming to me as a result of the reporting I was doing on Benghazi. I had sources saying — theorizing, I should say — that you’re being surveilled and then I had excellent sources able to basically tip me off and we were able to confirm much of this with our own technicians. So, I’ve had a lot of help from people who are concerned about what they see going on in some corners of government and with what’s going on with reporters. So I’m thankful for that ’cause I wouldn’t know, I really wouldn’t know, if I hadn’t had some help.”

Just who are these people with concerns “about what they see going on in some corners of government”? Each time Attkisson talks about this episode, she raises the curiosity factor a notch or two. We’ll stay on it.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.