Hackers linked to the Chinese government accessed the email account of the U.S. ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, in an attack that is believed to have compromised at least HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of individual U.S. government emails, according to people familiar with the matter.
Daniel Kritenbrink, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, was also hacked in the cyber-espionage attack, the people said. The two diplomats are believed to be the two most senior officials at the State Department targeted in the alleged spying campaign disclosed last week, one of the people said.
[Editor’s Note: I met Ambassador Burns in 2000 at an embassy party in Athens. Cool guy. Wicked smart. Considering his current post, this hack could be very very bad. As diplomats use a classified email system, this makes the news more disturbing ]