Chi­na-Based Hack­ers Accessed 60K U.S. State Dept Emails In Microsoft Breach, Sen­ate Staffer Says

China-Based Hackers Accessed 60K U.S. State Dept Emails In Microsoft Breach, Senate Staffer Says

Tens of thou­sands of U.S. State Depart­ment emails were stolen by a group of Chi­na-based hack­ers who breached Microsoft’s email plat­form ear­li­er this year, accord­ing to a Sen­ate staffer.
The anony­mous staffer, who works for Sen. Eric Schmitt (R‑MO), told Reuters that State Depart­ment IT offi­cials briefed the U.S. law­mak­ers on Wednes­day that 60,000 emails were stolen from ten dif­fer­ent accounts — all direct­ly work­ing on East Asia and the Pacif­ic.
In June, Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Par­ty-affil­i­at­ed hack­ers sub­vert­ed Microsoft’s sys­tem, giv­ing them access to mul­ti­ple U.S. agen­cies that deal with Chi­na ahead of Sec­re­tary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Bei­jing.
Wang Wen­bin, a Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesman, report­ed­ly called the accu­sa­tion “dis­in­for­ma­tion” to dis­tract from the U.S. com­mit­ting cyber espi­onage against Chi­na.
“No mat­ter which agency issued this infor­ma­tion, it will nev­er change the …