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According to the White House, no data was accessed or stolen from classified networks

The White House announced that it had been the victim of a cyber attack, but the hackers didn't get away with any valuable information.

According to a report from Politico, the attack was geared toward a White House Military Office computer system. However, the White House said that the attack was isolated and that it affected an "unclassified network," so no data was stolen. 

It was confirmed that the hackers were from China, and that the method for the attack was "spear phishing." This means that the hackers sent an email that contained links or download attachments that were labeled with important tags or phrases to lure in the reader. However, once they click on the links or download the attachment, malware is released into the computer system.

Just last month, it was announced that the White House is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and others to create an executive order to counter cyber security threats. However, many argue that an executive order isn't good enough -- they say cyber security legislation is necessary because it can offer greater consequences for hackers, give the DHS funding for cyber security workers, etc. 

Source: Politico

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By bobogo2013 on 10/2/2012 1:29:28 AM , Rating: 2
Front Russia World Politics Business Opinion Sports Have fun with Russian More Defense White House: Cyberattack Thwarted White House: Cyberattack Thwarted White House: Cyberattack Thwarted © RIA Novosti 21:03 01/10/2012 WASHINGTON, DC, October 1 (RIA Novosti) Tags: hacker attack, Barack Obama, United States Related News Hackers Attack British Govt. Sites to Avenge Assange Anonymous Hackers Target Putin Inauguration Hackers Steal $443,000 from VTB 24 Hackers attack Malaysian government websites Anti-Berlusconi hackers attack Italian government website The White House has confirmed an attempted cyberattack on its computer systems, but says no harm was done, according to media reports. “This was a spear phishing attack against an unclassified network,” said an Obama administration national security official who was not authorized to speak on the record about the attack. The conservative website The Washington Free Beacon reported Sunday night that the Chinese government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks. Shortly after the article was published, according to various media reports, a White House official contacted several media outlets confirming that an attack had been identified, but adding assurances that the system was isolated to prevent any spread. The White House refused to comment on the origin of the attack and whether or not there was any link to China. The White House official also said there was no indication that any data had been removed and that none of the White House’s secure or classified computer systems were affected. Spear phishing, the tactic apparently used in this attack, is when a hacker sends an email that appears to be from a trusted source, but in actuality contains infected hyperlinks or attachments. When downloaded, the attachments hack into the user’s computer systems.

So basically there WAS no nothing involved? Nothing to see here... move along.. unless you are watching tv... then you must believe what we are saying... and you must help us rid the internet of everything unholy (though we are nonpartisian and nonreligion)... move along and collect the checks until the economy rebounds (which it won't and you know it)... be good little citizens... or....

RE: Hmm....
By bobogo2013 on 10/2/2012 1:39:41 AM , Rating: 2
What's hilarious about this is when I think back to 1999... just on the cusp of 2k... and everyone was FREAAAAAKING out... lol....

and then.....

that I Love You "virus" spread about... lol.... I sat there... in my 'cube' and read it.. and "saw" that it was a .vbs ... only because I mad extensions viewable...... and I stood UP and YELLED OVER THE CROWDED CUBES.... " DON'T OPEN THAT EMAIL OF YOU LOVE!!!!!!"... lol

and that's my story for real.. :)

RE: Hmm....
By bobogo2013 on 10/2/2012 1:41:32 AM , Rating: 2
oh wait.... that was 2000... my bad :P

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