Russian Hackers who last year penetrated the White House Computer System were able to read President Barack Obama’s unclassified emails, the New York Times has reported. The White House confirmed the breach earlier this month stating it took place and that it did not affect classified information. The emails contained highly sensitive information that includes schedules, email exchanges with ambassadors and diplomats, and debates about policy and legislation. The discovery of the hacking in October led to a partial shutdown of the White House email system.
The report states that while the hackers did not appear to have breached more carefully guarded servers that contain Obama’s BlackBerry messages, they did manage to obtain access to email archives of people with whom Obama communicated. From those accounts, they reached emails that the president had sent and received. The hackers are presumed to be linked to the Russian government.