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Russian hackers ‘accessed Obama’s unclassified emails’ – bbc.com


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Officials quoted by the New York Times say that the White House cyberspace intrusion in October was viewed as a serious security breach
Russian hackers who gained access to the White House computer system last year were able to read President Obama’s unclassified emails, the New York Times has reported.
It said the breach was far more intrusive than previously admitted.
Officials have conceded that sensitive information was in the unclassified system the hackers accessed.
The discovery of the hacking in October led to a partial shutdown of the White House email system.

Highly secure

“The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department’s unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr Obama’s BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly,” the New York Times said.
President Obama uses his Blackberry mobile phone (18 October 2010)
The hackers are not believed to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr Obama’s BlackBerry
“But they obtained access to the email archives of people inside the White House, and perhaps some outside, with whom Mr Obama regularly communicated. From those accounts, they reached emails that the president had sent and received.”
The paper quoted White House officials as saying that no classified networks were compromised, and that the hackers accessed no classified information.
Many senior officials have two computers in their offices, one which works on a highly secure classified network and another for unclassified communications, the paper said.
But it said that officials have conceded that the unclassified system often contains information that is considered highly sensitive, including schedules, email exchanges with ambassadors and diplomats, debate about policy and forthcoming personnel deployments and legislation.

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