NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- At least three journalists and one analyst in China suspect that their Yahoo! ( YHOO) e-mail accounts had been hacked into after the accounts were rendered inaccessible in the last several weeks, according to the Associated Press.

When attempting to log in to their accounts, the journalists received messages that said: "We've detected an issue with your account." They were advised to speak to Yahoo! about it, according to the report. One of the individuals said that Yahoo! technical support was able to re-establish his access to the account, but said it had been hacked into earlier. AP reported that whether this individual's Yahoo! account issue bore a connection with the others remains to be determined.

The news comes amid recent controversy over Google's ( GOOG) decision to move out of China and redirect its mainland China traffic to nearby Hong Kong over major censorship disputes.

The move was expected to create a boon for its major China competitor, Baidu ( BIDU), which which received a price target lift from Goldman Sachs ( GS) after Google's decision to quit China. Analysts believed that the Chinese government would limit access to Google's Hong Kong search engine.

On Tuesday, Google's search engine became inaccessible to mainland China users, stirring up worries that China was behind the outage, possibly in reaction to Google's decision to leave the country.

Google said however that China had nothing do with Tuesday's problem; Google said the problem came from a technical hiccup coming from the company itself.

Google stock has edged 0.1% lower to $561.70, while Yahoo! stock is down 0.3% to $16.50.

Baidu stock has fallen 0.8% to $599.

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

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