Chinese hackers break in to White House military office network in charge of the president’s nuclear football

http://freebeacon.com/white-house-hack-attack/

Hackers linked to China’s government broke into one of the U.S. government’s 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 Beijing’s 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 Japan’s Senkaku islands.

China and Japan—the United States’ closest ally in Asia and a defense treaty partner—are 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 president’s military office in charge of some of the government’s 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: “This was a spear phishing attack against an unclassified network.”

Spear phishing is a cyber attack that uses disguised emails that seek to convince recipients of a specific organization to provide  confidential information. Spear phishing in the past has been linked to China and other states with sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities.

The official described the type of attack as “not infrequent” and said there were unspecified “mitigation measures in place.”

“In this instance the attack was identified, the system was isolated, and there is no indication whatsoever that any exfiltration of data took place,” the official said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19794745

The White House has confirmed it was the target of a cyber-attack but says the breach hit an unclassified network.

An unnamed administration official told US media that there was no indication any data had been removed.

The conservative Washington Free Beaconreported on Sunday that hackers linked to the Chinese government had breached the White House Military Office.

The White House would not say if the attack originated in China, describing it as a “spear-phishing” attempt.

“Spear-phishing” typically works by sending fake e-mails that look like legitimate correspondence, but which link to a malicious website or file attachment.

“These types of attacks are not infrequent and we have mitigation measures in place,” the official, who was not authorised to speak on the record, told the Associated Press and other US media.

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strange report..cant confirm if its true or not..if it is it just confirms the theory that ww3 will be a cyber war..

401

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6 Responses to “Chinese hackers break in to White House military office network in charge of the president’s nuclear football”

  1. Reblogged this on RD Revilo.

  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gertz

    “During 1996 Gertz reported in the Washington Times on Chinese sales of nuclear technology to Pakistan.[7] In 1997 he reported on Russian aid to Iran’s nuclear weapon program, based on information given him by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.[8] In 1998 he reported on United States sale of missile technology to China.[9] In 2004, Gertz claimed that Syria, possibly with the aid of Russian troops, transferred Iraqi weapons of mass destruction stockpiles to its own military installations.[10]…His 2002 book, Breakdown: How America’s Intelligence Failures Led to Sept. 11, examined the activities of United States intelligence agencies prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks.[12]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Times

    “The Washington Times is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It was founded in 1982 by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, and until 2010 was owned by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate associated with the church.”

  3. ot: http://grist.org/list/exposed-manufacturing-conglomerates-plan-for-moving-humans-off-of-earth/

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