August 11, 2015
U.S. officials believe Russia is responsible for a cyberattack that brought down portions of the Joint Staff’s unclassified email system for nearly two weeks. Meanwhile, White House officials have claimed that Chinese hackers have had access to a number of W.H. officials private emails.
The suspected Russian attack on the Joint Staff’s email system started over the weekend of July 25th and according to one official, “bears the hallmarks of a state actor,” which the official followed up by saying, “Russia is suspected of being behind the attack, though that has not been definitively determined,” according to ABC News. The Joint Staff is a group of about 2,500 military and civilian personnel who support the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. It is not suspected that the Joint Staff’s classified email system was affected.
Additionally, it has been revealed that Chinese hackers have had access to the personal email accounts of “top Obama administration officials…and have been doing so since at least April 2010,” according to NBC News. The hack, originally codenamed “Dancing Panda,” was discovered in 2010 and the intruders are currently still active in the email networks.