Cyber spies in China have been accessing the private emails of “many” top Obama administration officials since at least April 2010, according to top secret documentation and a senior official in the U.S. intelligence community.
NBC News reported:
The email grab — first codenamed “Dancing Panda” by U.S. officials, and then ”Legion Amethyst” — was detected in April 2010, according to a top secret NSA briefing from 2014. The intrusion into personal emails was still active at the time of the briefing and, according to the senior official, is still going on. In 2011, Google disclosed that the private gmail accounts of some U.S. officials had been compromised, but the briefing shows that private email accounts from other providers were compromised as well.
According to the intelligence official, the personal email accounts of “all top national security and trade officials” were targeted in the cyber attack. Government email addresses, however, were not compromised because of their security.