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Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails 109

An anonymous reader points out that Russian hackers reportedly obtained some of President Obama’s emails when the White House’s unclassified computer system was hacked last year. Some of President Obama's email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House's unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation. The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department's unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr. Obama's BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly. But they obtained access to the email archives of people inside the White House, and perhaps some outside, with whom Mr. Obama regularly communicated. From those accounts, they reached emails that the president had sent and received, according to officials briefed on the investigation.
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Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

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  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @06:21PM (#49556595) Journal

    "Putin, I know you are snooping here. Give back the Superbowl ring and Crimea, you thief. And wave Hello to Mrs. Palin for me."

  • Snowden is a hero (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kwoff ( 516741 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @06:26PM (#49556615)
    Oh no, these Russians didn't have a warrant? It's okay that Americans working at government agencies can unconstitutionally access my stuff, but now I should be concerned? Who the propaganda cares?
    • by approachingZero ( 1365381 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @06:41PM (#49556679) Homepage
      Good point. What's good for the goose is good for the goose stepping.
    • by lucm ( 889690 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @07:00PM (#49556757)

      Don't you find it interesting that this incident occurred while Snowden was in Russia? Maybe he gave them the White House wifi password in exchange for his 1-year visa.

      • Putin and Snowden are the new heroes of the gop and fox news

        I think that Obama derangement syndrome has taken a serious toll on the American right wing's sanity

        • by Anonymous Coward

          The GOP is rather divided on the NSA/Snowden stuff. Only two candidates thus far have said anything negative about the NSA while two others have spoken up strongly in favor of domestic spying. The silence on the part of other candidates can likely be taken as tacit endorsement of NSA spying (otherwise they'd choose to make it into an election issue).

          • Just before the whole snowden thing went greenwald, the gop was getting destroyed in the polls because everybody under thirty was voting for the dems

            The spring of generated scandals was effective, not in turning these people into republicans, but getting them to become disgusted enough with their government to not show up at the polls on election day

            The gopers do not have to publicly support snowden to benefit from his revelations because everybody who votes for the gop lived through the cold war and pretty

            • by FMtRIS ( 2691269 )
              You are right on and that is the actual voting demographic. It doesn't matter anymore about taking sides because there is one side then the other side and then there is the REAL story which we will probably never hear about.
      • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @08:17PM (#49557013)

        the White House wifi password

        'admin'.

        • I thought it was '123456'. Maybe they have TWO WIFI routers?

      • Don't you find it interesting that this incident occurred while Snowden was in Russia? Maybe he gave them the White House wifi password in exchange for his 1-year visa.

        Oh come *on!* It's not too hard to guess, it's the same one in 10 Downing St!

        Scr3w7h3pr0le5

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Oh no, these Russians didn't have a warrant? It's okay that Americans working at government agencies can unconstitutionally access my stuff, but now I should be concerned? Who the propaganda cares?

      I wonder how many millions of Putin's emails they have on the NSA servers?

      Oh, wait, but it's "ok for us", but horribly evil if they do the *exact same thing*. Got it. Pot meet kettle.

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      Rather pointless for the Russians to hack the Whitehouse, the puppet house, nothing there but implied instructions from their corporate campaign donors. Want to know what the actual American government is doing, Russia needs to hack the boardrooms and homes of the US's dominate corporate leaders to find out what is actually going on and to be able to get actionable data. This to bring them down or to force better behaviour, lots of dirt there and of course even more in the tax havens positive gold mine of

    • Foreign Intelligence agencies do not need warrants or any other legalistic justification when spying on foreign countries. The only rule is don't get caught. While you may hear speculation about the Chinese or Russian espionage attempts you never hear them announcing they have caught the US running around in their high security systems and I seriously doubt they are so secure that they are invulnerable to outside attacks. While the world decried the US phone intercepts of foreign leaders at the same time so

  • by bug1 ( 96678 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @06:39PM (#49556673)

    I heard one of Obama's unclassified speeches, it was on TV, does that make me a hax0r ?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You're not doing it right! You're supposed to be SCAAAARREED!!! Hackers.Hacking. Computers. Scary. YOUR PRESIDENT! RUSSIANS! HACKERS!!!!

      Aren't you FRIGHTENED?!?!

      THEY'RE FOREIGN! We called them *hackers*! Scared yet?

      Damn. Guess we have to find another way to make out this is a problem and you need to be frightened.

      Fuck.

      • They call pretty much anybody that can run a script a hacker these days

        In the old days we used to call then spies

  • by VAXcat ( 674775 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @07:28PM (#49556839)
    What is this, the 20th century?
  • Goose/Gander (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @07:39PM (#49556873) Journal

    In the words of the great James Baldwin:

    The world has never lacked for horrifying examples; but I do not believe that these examples are meant to be used as justification for our own crimes.

    • I left off the most important part of the Baldwin quote, the second half:

      This perpetual justification empties the heart of all human feeling. The emptier our hearts become, the greater will be our crimes.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    What'd you expect them to do? They're just doing their jobs and keeping the country safe.

    Oh, wait, they're spying on us? Well then HOW DARE THEY.

  • Did those russian hackers read Hillary Clinton's email ?
    And did they save a copy ?

    • Ya think?

      As if Hillary's server was any more secure than the White House UNclassified system?

      If you think Hillary's server wasn't compromised by any government, corporation, or force that cared to, you are naive. It was surely pwned over and over. It was also probably so pwned that it was a good place to study the various attacks.

  • by Karmashock ( 2415832 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @08:35PM (#49557093)

    ... and his team laughed at the existing tech infrastructure? Maybe the previous administration got hacked as well or maybe the Russians weren't trying as hard then... but I find it ironic that these people that came in saying they were superior at everything keep proving themselves to be incompetent.

    Fuck the politics. Just remember back to when they were dissing the old email server/old it department and look at how much better the new people ran things... aka worse apparently. That's just funny.

    On purely nerd principles you have to have a bit of a laugh at the administration's expense. So much hubris.

    how many of the tech people obama brought along do you think knew how to defend against state sponsored hacking? I'm guessing zero.

    • I'm sitting here, trying to think of one single liberal politico who was competent at anything. All that comes to mind, is Chapaquidik Ted's rum-running dad. Was the old man a liberal?

  • by edibobb ( 113989 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @08:46PM (#49557151) Homepage
    In Obama's transparent government, much touted 8 years ago, shouldn't unclassified email be public in the first place? Surely they didn't change the rules, did they?
  • by manu0601 ( 2221348 ) on Sunday April 26, 2015 @08:49PM (#49557169)
    How can they know the attackers are Russian? I understand it would be nice for US government because it could help justifying the policy against Russia, but that will not make a proof.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Please stop trying to reason about what the government tells the public about cybersecurity, it's just a ridiculous prospect.

    • How can they know the attackers are Russian? I understand it would be nice for US government because it could help justifying the policy against Russia, but that will not make a proof.

      Nowadays All is Russia's Fault :-D

      • Not Russia's fault, but Putin's fault. It is always better to blame a leader than a nation, as you can gab markets in the later once you manager to throw away the former.
  • No condescending comments from Barack Obama about how the 80s called and wants their foreign policy back?

    LK

  • I realize the US establishment has a bur in its ass about Russian/Chinese/North Korean cyber terrorists, but would slashdot kindly not repeat such cyber BS on a technical forum.
  • by ai4px ( 1244212 ) on Monday April 27, 2015 @07:04AM (#49558781)
    Good thing Hillary's email wasn't in the State Department's servers and safety sequestered away on her home server.
  • If he's got nothing to hide, he's got nothing to fear.

  • ....would potentially be the better choice here. Haven't heard anything that those were breached. They read unclassified emails, not great, but unclassified means that the messages contained info that could have been obtained otherwise as well.

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