On Thursday, hackers linked to Beijing accessed the email account of the United States ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, in an attack that is suspected to have exposed hundreds of thousands of individual U.S. officials emails.
Previously, Microsoft revealed that the Chinese hackers seeking intelligence on the US had gotten access to Government email accounts.
According to a person briefed on the entry into government networks, the attack was targeted, with the hackers going after specific accounts rather than carrying out a broad-brush intrusion that would suck up massive amounts of data.
Chinese hackers broke into Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s and State Department officials’ email accounts in the weeks leading up to State Secretary Antony Blinken’s visit to Beijing.
According to the report, Daniel Kritenbrink, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, was also hacked in the cyber-espionage attack.