You might have thought some of these e-mail compromises took more than a year to accomplish, at least as far as penetrating your e-mail password encryption.
But the FBI said on Friday that the White House had no idea that its systems had been compromised at all until early July.
“This compromise was unknown to the United States government until early July, when it was reported to the Government,” according to a Department of Justice press release.
The government said a “significant number” of people have been affected by the compromise.
Specifically, the FBI said it had identified more than 10 unauthorized groups that were “harvesting social security numbers and encrypted passwords,” but would not say how many people were impacted.
“The Department of Justice is alerting the public in order to prevent further potential exploitation of this information and to remind individuals that for their own protection it is important to verify their financial accounts,” the Justice Department said.
The FBI also said that the breach may have been put into motion about nine months ago.
“We know that during the initial stages of this investigation, the potential compromise of the password security of an unclassified government account is believed to have been orchestrated through a spear phishing campaign,” the FBI said.