Russian hackers read Obama’s emails — report

Senior officials say breach of unclassified data ‘far more intrusive and worrisome’ than thought

Emails to and from US President Barack Obama were read by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system, The New York Times said Saturday.

Earlier this month, US officials admitted there was a cyber “event” late last year, but refused to confirm reports Russia was behind the attack.

However the incursion was “far more intrusive and worrisome” than publicly acknowledged, the newspaper said, citing senior American officials briefed on the investigation, and saying the hackers were presumed to be linked to — or even working for — Moscow.

The hackers, who also got into the State Department’s unclassified system, obtained access to the email archives of people inside the White House, and perhaps some outside, with whom Obama regularly communicated, the Times said.

It was from those accounts that they reached emails that the president had sent and received, according to the officials.

Full article: Russian hackers read Obama’s emails — report (The Times of Israel)

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