Chinese hackers, who are suspected of forging Microsoft customer identities to access the emails of State Department employees, have also hacked into the personal and campaign emails of Grand Old Party (GOP) member Don Bacon from Nebraska on the House Armed Services Committee.
On Tuesday, Bacon took to his social media handle and wrote, “I thank the FBI for notifying me that the CCP hacked into my personal and campaign emails from May 15th to June 16th of this year. The CCP hackers utilized a vulnerability in the Microsoft software, and this was not due to user error.”
He added, “Thus, there were other victims in this cyber operation. The Communist government in China are not our friends and are very active in conducting cyber espionage. I’ll work overtime to ensure Taiwan gets every dollar of the USD 19B in weapons backlog they’ve ordered, and more.”
Earlier, the US government told that the Chinese hackers hacked into many accounts including Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, unnamed State Department employees, and a human rights advocate.
After the hacking issue was exposed to the public, several members of Congress demanded the federal agencies to explain how they are planning to handle similar attacks in the future and that Microsoft should make logs more widely available, which it agreed to do earlier.