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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. 


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RE: Just saw this
By EricMartello on 10/2/2012 11:43:33 PM , Rating: 2
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Obama gets hammered on adding a massive amount to the deficit, however very little of the total was added under his term. You've 2 x Unfunded Wars and Unfunded Medicare to add into that figure.


What budget would the congressional budget office be reporting on? Obama has not passed a budget since he took office.

More than half of all Americans are receiving some type of government handout and incidentally the majority of our tax revenue goes to pay for these handouts. It's not defense spending that is bogging down the US economy.

The "unfunded wars" and other defense expenditures tend to account for 10% of that - wars that Obama did not discontinue, I might add, despite opposing them.

Medicare...who wants to keep medicare as it is - bloated and bankrupt? Democrats. Who spent the bulk of his term creating socialist healthcare that ends up making health insurance and healthcare in general more expensive for everyone, lowers the quality of care and taxes anyone who doesn't partake in it? Obama and the democrats..again.

It's quite obvious you'd be supporting the failure that is Obama if you were a US citizen...but you're in Europe where Obama-esque policies are graciously accepted by most.

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Europe is running zero or negative GDPs.


I wonder how many other European countries are considering a 75% wealth tax? That would surely bump up your growth. You living in Europe should know exactly why your economy is stagnant - big government, big spending and a lack of emphasis on creating opportunity for the individual.

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We have just come through the biggest recession since the 1930s and America has continued to recover faster than most nations that were impacted. Most countries would kill for your growth.


Our GDP is slowing down. We've been kicking the can down the road to give the illusion of growth but there is no substance behind it.

The truth is that until we scale down the size, scope and spending of our government and create an environment where small businesses can be established and thrive, it's going to be stagnant.

The US has shift too far left because a lot of people are desperate and buy into the false promises put forth by socialist leaders:

- Wealth redistribution.

- High taxes on investments (capital gains).

- Unending social programs that keep people down rather than giving them a way to improve their life.

- Continual erosion of civil liberties with laws like NDAA, ACTA and DMCA getting the nod by Obama.

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Also, not too long ago America had a tax rate above 70% for decades and I don't think you did too bad then.


What? You're going to have to back that 70% tax rate claim up or explain how you're arriving at the number - we've never had a rate that high on income tax or capital gains.

That aside...tax revenues increase when cap gains taxes are low because it encourages investment. Investment stimulates the economy, keeps unemployment low, personal income high and strengthens the dollar.

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One other thing, this socialist nonsense i hear spouted so often on Fox and other right leaning sites, the best countries are a mix of capitalism and social, what do you think your Police/Fire Dept./Libraries/Post Office are? Just curious.


It's not "socialist nonsense" - it's calling it like it is. Socialism is when the government gets too big and starts running peoples' lives and taking over businesses and industries. It's also a breeding ground for dictatorships.

Police, Fire and Military are basic services that the government can and should provide - private and public labor unions are examples of socialism gone awry.

The US is the best country, hands down, and it is a constitutional republic that got to where it is today due to capitalism and the idea that any individual has the OPPORTUNITY to achieve their greatest dreams. Opportunity does not mean hand-out.


RE: Just saw this
By anactoraaron on 10/3/2012 1:12:27 AM , Rating: 1
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More than half of all Americans are receiving some type of government handout and incidentally the majority of our tax revenue goes to pay for these handouts. It's not defense spending that is bogging down the US economy.


Please provide a source of this. NO I DON'T WANNA HEAR THAT SINCE 47% OF PEOPLE PAY NO INCOME TAX THAT THEY ARE RECEIVING A HANDOUT. Jeesus christ. I suppose to you those freeloadin' troops that are giving their lives for you to have the freedom to post such a flaming comment should go away so to 'stimulate' your version of what the economy should be then. Arrogant prick. Who else falls into this category? OUR GREATEST GENERATION that lived though WWII and some of those 'freeloaders' fought the greatest evil we have ever seen. I am so fucking sick of hearing that comment and so many just want to repeat this stupid fucking talking point without knowing what the fuck they are talking about. Get a fucking clue you ignoramus! How DARE you say veterans 'don't pay their fair share' and that shit. That's not just anti-american, that's fucking anti-republican!

But people like you are the ones smiling and walking up to vets when you bump into them at walmart thanking them for what they do and when you turn your cheek you call them freeloaders. You are a joke. Stop doing what you are told and think for yourself. Idiot...


RE: Just saw this
By EricMartello on 10/3/2012 2:26:10 AM , Rating: 1
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Please provide a source of this. NO I DON'T WANNA HEAR THAT SINCE 47% OF PEOPLE PAY NO INCOME TAX THAT THEY ARE RECEIVING A HANDOUT.


I'm not here to do research for you but since you seem to be of the "less than average" intellect variety I'll point you in the right direction.

Here is the 2010 Federal Budget:

http://www.statisticbrain.com/2010-united-states-f...

Obama has not passed a new one so this is the best we've got.

Now follow as we do this. If you look at that chart and at the very top note the amounts we spend for "unemployment / welfare" and either "medicare" or "medicaid", or both, you will see that the amount adds up to almost half or more than half of the total federal spending.

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I suppose to you those freeloadin' troops that are giving their lives for you to have the freedom to post such a flaming comment should go away so to 'stimulate' your version of what the economy should be then. Arrogant prick.


Wait, how are troops freeloading? They are technically federal employees and their job is their military duties which they are compensated for. They are not sitting around on their mom's couch posting moronic comments to dailytech via their idiotPad.

And I didn't follow how you went from Obama spending too much money to the needs of our troops. Try to stay on topic...

Should mention that in 2011 Obama did threaten to dock the pay of active military workers in order to have the debt ceiling raised. Nice of him to do that instead of...you know...passing a federal budget.

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How DARE you say veterans 'don't pay their fair share' and that shit. That's not just anti-american, that's fucking anti-republican!


LOL you're far off mark, bro. Let's cool it with the "support our troops" bandstanding; it's not appropriate here...and shouldn't you be more concerned with our current government not taking the steps necessary to allow active servicemen and women to vote in this election? Might want to check on that when you're done drooling on yourself.

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But people like you are the ones smiling and walking up to vets when you bump into them at walmart thanking them for what they do and when you turn your cheek you call them freeloaders.


If you are able to work and don't but opt to collect a check from the government each month YOU ARE A FREELOADER. This accurately describes a majority of the people receiving handouts. If a person is a veteran then they should have an innate understanding of taking care of themselves and not bilking the system. Who joins the military thinking "if i survive deployment I'm set for life"? If you're joining the military for financial gain you are a scumbag.


RE: Just saw this
By Decom on 10/3/2012 7:26:41 AM , Rating: 2
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quote: Obama gets hammered on adding a massive amount to the deficit, however very little of the total was added under his term. You've 2 x Unfunded Wars and Unfunded Medicare to add into that figure.


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What budget would the congressional budget office be reporting on? Obama has not passed a budget since he took office.


While that is true, here is a nice Graph for you to look at.I support neither Dems/Repubs,(as I'm not American), but the BS coming from both sides pisses me off.
http://www.businessinsider.com/debt-and-deficit-pr...

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I wonder how many other European countries are considering a 75% wealth tax? That would surely bump up your growth. You living in Europe should know exactly why your economy is stagnant - big government, big spending and a lack of emphasis on creating opportunity for the individual.


I'd wager not any are considering this tax rate, the French are up in arms and are already seeing capital fleeing from their banks.Again, the 75% is only above €800,000.
While this is true for some European countries, Greece,Italy Spain. It is not true for all, my country, Holland has managed to live within it's means. Tarring Europe with the same brush is a cop out.

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Our GDP is slowing down. We've been kicking the can down the road to give the illusion of growth but there is no substance behind it. The truth is that until we scale down the size, scope and spending of our government and create an environment where small businesses can be established and thrive, it's going to be stagnant. The US has shift too far left because a lot of people are desperate and buy into the false promises put forth by socialist leaders: - Wealth redistribution. - High taxes on investments (capital gains). - Unending social programs that keep people down rather than giving them a way to improve their life. - Continual erosion of civil liberties with laws like NDAA, ACTA and DMCA getting the nod by Obama.


Where was the ourage when Bush was running huge deficits? I didn't hear one Repub bemoan Wealth Redistribution etc. back then. This goes back to your politicians being bought and paid for. Your tax code is a mess, what about all the handouts for big business, loopholes here, special interest groups there. There wasn't a dickybird out of the Repubs back then.
Everything has to be cut, absolutely everything, if America wants to get it's fiscal house in order. i don't agree with raising taxes until every last dollar has been shred from programs, all programs, on both sides, and that includes your Military.

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What? You're going to have to back that 70% tax rate claim up or explain how you're arriving at the number - we've never had a rate that high on income tax or capital gains.


Again, another softball :- here you go.
http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxfacts/displayafa...

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It's not "socialist nonsense" - it's calling it like it is. Socialism is when the government gets too big and starts running peoples' lives and taking over businesses and industries. It's also a breeding ground for dictatorships. Police, Fire and Military are basic services that the government can and should provide - private and public labor unions are examples of socialism gone awry. The US is the best country, hands down, and it is a constitutional republic that got to where it is today due to capitalism and the idea that any individual has the OPPORTUNITY to achieve their greatest dreams. Opportunity does not mean hand-out.


Social seems to be a dirty word in America. As I stated in a previous post, the best countries are a mix of Capitalism and Social programs. As for saying the US is the best country hands down, there are a lot of metrics which would disagree with this statement, and this opens up another huge debate for which I don't have the time right now.


RE: Just saw this
By EricMartello on 10/4/2012 1:49:50 AM , Rating: 2
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While that is true, here is a nice Graph for you to look at.I support neither Dems/Repubs,(as I'm not American), but the BS coming from both sides pisses me off.


You linked to a biased article that attempts to pin the blame for the current economic problems on Bush...you don't have to be American to be a socialist...lol...a bit of irony in my last statement.

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Again, the 75% is only above €800,000. Tarring Europe with the same brush is a cop out.


Who cares? It's a penalty on success and a bane to economic growth...raising taxes will not help and that is a fact.

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Where was the ourage when Bush was running huge deficits? I didn't hear one Repub bemoan Wealth Redistribution etc. back then.

Everything has to be cut, absolutely everything, if America wants to get it's fiscal house in order. i don't agree with raising taxes until every last dollar has been shred from programs, all programs, on both sides, and that includes your Military.


If you're citing Bush policies (second time in this response) you're probably spending too much time around Obama supporters to have a clear understanding of what's going on. How much is the deficit under Obama? $16 trillion and counting. Obama added more to the deficit than almost all of the preceding presidents in total.

Romney's plan to lower tax rates for the middle class, reduce loopholes and eliminate deductions can stimulate economic growth, get more people working and even though they are individually paying less in taxes each year, the higher number of taxpayers provides a net gain in tax revenue. Cuts need to be made as well and I you can rest assured that the left is not going to be making the necessary cuts.

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Again, another softball :- here you go.


According to this chart, and there are no citations or explanations of methodology used to indicate how the arrived at these figures or who was actually paying these rates, things got a lot better after Reagan cut the tax rate in 1981.

This was over 30 years ago, not recently, and in the 70s and early 80s the economy in America was nearly as bad as it is today, if not worse in some ways...so you're essentially making my point for me - higher taxes, especially ones targeted at successful businesses and individuals, have a detrimental effect on then economy.

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Social seems to be a dirty word in America.


No, but it is often misrepresented by the lefties. When they start talking about "social justice" it's code for "we want the government to give us more stuff".

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As I stated in a previous post, the best countries are a mix of Capitalism and Social programs.


Social programs are one thing; socialist policies and big, bloated government is another. Let's not confuse the two.

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As for saying the US is the best country hands down, there are a lot of metrics which would disagree with this statement, and this opens up another huge debate for which I don't have the time right now.


Didn't say it was perfect but you'd have to cherry-pick the 'metrics' to say America is not the best country in general. I am biased on this point, of course.


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