Thread: White House Hack Attack
#1 White House Hack Attack10-01-2012, 08:09 AM
Chinese hackers break in to White House military office network in charge of the presidentís nuclear football
BY: Bill Gertz
September 30, 2012 8:33 pm
Hackers linked to Chinaís government broke into one of the U.S. governmentís most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident.
One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijingís most brazen cyber attacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks.
Disclosure of the cyber attack also comes amid heightened tensions in Asia, as the Pentagon moved two U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups and Marine amphibious units near waters by Japanís Senkaku islands.
China and Japanóthe United Statesí closest ally in Asia and a defense treaty partneróare locked in a heated maritime dispute over the Senkakus, which China claims as its territory.
U.S. officials familiar with reports of the White House hacking incident said it took place earlier this month and involved unidentified hackers, believed to have used computer servers in China, who accessed the computer network used by the White House Military Office (WHMO), the presidentís military office in charge of some of the governmentís most sensitive communications, including strategic nuclear commands. The office also arranges presidential communications and travel, and inter-government teleconferences involving senior policy and intelligence officials.
An Obama administration national security official said: ďThis was a spear phishing attack against an unclassified network.Ē
Why break in? I'm sure Obama would give them any information they desire upon request, apparently they were just confirming what they have been told.A trojan horse hides its intent and Obama hasnít we hid our understanding.
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