For the last five years, Chinese state-sponsored hackers have been reading private emails of many high-level executive branch officials. The worst part is it's still going on.
NBC News reports that Chinese cybercriminals have been accessing the private emails of top Obama administration officials since at least 2010. It's still happening, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official who spoke to NBC News.
Official government email accounts weren't compromised, only the private accounts. Still, by harvesting their contacts from those private email accounts, the hackers were able to send malware to the high-level officials' colleagues. We don't know exactly what was in the emails the Chinese hackers accessed, but there could be sensitive information on the private servers of those top officials.
As of now, there hasn't been an official White House response, but it's time for us to get serious about cybersecurity. A cybersecurity bill was recently delayed in the U.S. Senate until the body returns from its August recess. For the latest news on cybersecurity and government hacks, keep checking back to our Happening Now page.