China’s Cyber Hackers Breached Private Emails Of US Officials, Report Says
Chinese cyber spies reportedly breached the private email servers of several top White House officials since April 2010, a senior intelligence official said. In a report, it was said that cyber hackers targeted “all top national security and trade officials.”
According to the news, the breached email addresses were exploited and reconstructed by China’s hackers to have them contain malware, which was then sent to the U.S. officials’ friends and colleagues. The hacking period overlapped the time Hillary Clinton used a private email in her capacity as the Secretary of State. It was not revealed whose emails were breached.
A highly classified documented was obtained by NBC News and contained the codename “Dancing Panda,” which was later on altered to “Legion Amethyst.” The email breach was first detected in April 2010 according to a high-classified NSA briefing.
It was also said that at the time the briefing was held, the email breach persisted. It was in 2011 when Google exposed that private Gmail accounts of many U.S. officials were hacked. In the briefing, it was disclosed that other email clients used by U.S. officials were also breached.
Edward Snowden’s Expose
In 2010, Edward Snowden made an expose, saying China tried to breach the email accounts of four American officials, including Admiral Mike Mullen, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman and Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations. According to the document made public, the Chinese hackers attempted to “to insert malicious software into their computers.”