New York Times

Gone phishing in Iraq

Somebody at the New York Times bureau in Iraq apparently fell for the old password trick. Read the memo:


The Baghdad Bureau e-mail address has been compromised and will no longer be used. Please remove it from your address books or e-mail directories.

Use extreme caution if you receive any e-mails purporting to be from Yahoo (either or and claiming that a password has recently been changed or that you need to confirm an e- mail address.

In a few rare instances such messages are genuine, but most are bogus.

As a result of the problems with the Baghdad e-mail address, you may get such a message. Ignore it.

Likewise, ignore any messages that you may get from, since this account is no longer being used by the Baghdad Bureau. It is possible that you may even see fake messages that contain fragments of genuine messages previously sent to or from the account. Do not be fooled -- the account is being used by unauthorized persons.

If you receive a communication from the Baghdad Bureau and you question its authenticity, you can always phone the bureau to confirm

The new bureau e-mail address will be distributed shortly.



Walt Baranger
News Technology Office

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