Date
24 July 2017
US cyber security experts detected the Chinese hacking of top officials' private communication in 2010. However, government e-mails were not compromised. Photo: Reuters
US cyber security experts detected the Chinese hacking of top officials' private communication in 2010. However, government e-mails were not compromised. Photo: Reuters

China still hacking top US officials’ private e-mails 5 years on

Top US national security and trade officials have had their private communication hacked by Chinese cyber spies since April 2010.

The revelation was first made by NBC News, which cited a top-secret intelligence document, and picked up by Reuters.

The officials’ government e-mail accounts were not compromised because they were on more secure systems.

A National Security Agency (NSA) briefing in 2014 showed the e-mail intrusion was detected in April 2010 and the US official, who was not identified, said it’s still going on, according to NBC.

The official was cited as saying all top national security and trade officials were targeted.

Google acknowledged an intrusion into the private Gmail accounts of some US officials in 2011, and the NSA briefing made clear that email accounts from other providers also were compromised.

The hacking coincides with Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

The targeted officials were not publicly identified.

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