Cybersecurity experts call the hack a supply chain attack. At stake is the digital plumbing of modern life.
“I think it's going to take months, maybe a year to figure out where they went,” says New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger.
Zeynep Tufekci, a technology and society expert at the University of North Carolina, hopes the hacks on Obama, Gates and others act as a wake-up call ahead of the election.
Critics say this isn't so much about security as it is about eliminating prospective competition.
The Obama administration official says its importance is "impossible to overstate."
What difference could it make for people with valuable info in their inbox?
The latest cyberattack goes way beyond the social network itself.