Authorities think Chinese were behind cyberattack on Aspen Institute

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— The Aspen Institute is the latest U.S. organization to see some of its email accounts targeted in the purported wave of Chinese cyberattacks.

Three of the institute's estimated 350 email accounts were broken into, said Trent Nichols, director of information technology and services for the think-tank, which keeps its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and holds a strong presence in Aspen. The accounts belonged to high-ranking institute officials.

Nichols said institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson was one of the victims. He declined to identify the other two.

“Walter has made no secret about this,” Nichols said. “His reaction was pretty much that anything he says is public knowledge, and he doesn't consider anything in his inbox privileged or confidential.”

The news was first reported Thursday night by the Huffington Post.

Read the full story at The Aspen Times website.

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