Chinese hacked Obama, McCain campaigns, took internal documents, officials say
The U.S. secretly traced a massive cyberespionage operation against the 2008 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain to hacking units backed by the People’s Republic of China, prompting high level warnings to Chinese officials to stop such activities, U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News.
The disclosure on the eve of a two-day summit between the U.S. and Chinese presidents highlights what has become a persistent source of tension between the two global powers: Beijing’s aggressive, orchestrated campaign to pierce America’s national security armor at any weak point – in this case the computers and laptops of top campaign aides and advisers who received high-level briefings.
Report: China hacked Obama, McCain campaigns in 2008
“They were looking for positions on China, surprises that might be rolled out by campaigns against China,” Dennis Blair, President Obama’s director of national intelligence in 2009 and 2010, told NBC.
China Hacked Into Obama, McCain Campaigns
In a letter to the president this past week, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said he wants Obama to warn Xi that Congress is mobilizing to take action, including readying legislation to impose “real costs on China” if hackers take proprietary information from businesses.