WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Secretary of State John Kerry told the media on Tuesday that Russian and Chinese hackers likely read his e-mail messages.
"It is very likely," Kerry said when asked whether he thought the Chinese and Russians have accessed his e-mails. "It is not… outside the realm of possibility, and we know that they have attacked a number of American interests over the course of the last days."
Kerry explained he writes his e-mails being aware of the possibility they are being read by individuals they are not intended for.
"We’re living in a world where a number of countries, the Chinese and the Russians included, have consistently been engaged in cyberattacks against the American government," he noted.
Cyberattacks are an issue that the United States has "raised very, very strongly in our dialogue with the Chinese," he explained.
Meanwhile, Washington also accused Beijing of being behind the massive data breach against the Office of Personnel Management in April 2015, compromising the personal information of some 21 million current and former federal government employees.
Kerry said cybersecurity would be on the discussion agenda between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Washington in September 2015.