International cyber snoopers have focused their efforts on the White House.
Some of President Obamaâ€™s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White Houseâ€™s unclassified computer system, according to senior officials briefed on the investigation, the New York Times reports.
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The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Departmentâ€™s unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr. Obamaâ€™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.
White House officials said that no classified networks had been compromised, and that the hackers had collected no classified information. Many senior officials have two computers in their offices, one operating on a highly secure classified network and another connected to the outside world for unclassified communications.
But officials have conceded that the unclassified system routinely contains much information that is considered highly sensitive: schedules, email exchanges with ambassadors and diplomats, discussions of pending personnel moves and legislation, and, inevitably, some debate about policy.
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