White House Claims Government Emails Safe and Sound from Gmail Attack

Paul Lilly

Google earlier this week said hundreds of Gmail accounts were compromised by hackers in China, including accounts belonging to U.S. government officials and military personnel. This was followed up by a report in the Washington Post claiming one of the affected Gmail accounts belonged to a Cabinet-level official. Despite the reports, it might not be as bad as it initially sounded.

The White House is saying that no official U.S. government email accounts were broken into during the attack, according to Bloomberg . Jay Carney, a spokesman for the White House, says that employees are free to use Gmail accounts for personal use, but must use government email for official business.

Carney also said the FBI is investigating Google's claims that the attack originated from China, however he had no other comment on the matter.

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