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Report: The White House Confirms Cyber Attack

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The White House has reportedly confirmed that it thwarted a cyber attack that hit this past weekend.

Reports doing the rounds today say the White House has confirmed that it was targeted with a cyber attack on on Sunday. Politico cites an unnamed White House official as confirming that, yes, there was an attempted hack. However, this official also said that it "affected an unclassified network," that is was isolated and, most importantly, that there was no evidence any data had been stolen.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, another anonymous White House official said that these types of 'spear-phishing' attacks are not uncommon.

"These types of attacks are not infrequent and we have mitigation measures in place," the White House official is quoted as saying. "In this instance the attack was identified, the system was isolated, and there is no indication whatsoever that any exfiltration of data took place. Moreover, there was never any impact or attempted breach of any classified system."

Details on the attack seem to be pretty thin on the ground, save for anonymous officials commenting that no data was compromised. However, the Washington Free Beacon cites some of its own defense and intelligence sources that say 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.

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    Nightsilver , October 2, 2012 12:48 PM
    Lol. They probably got pinged.
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    p4nz3rm4d , October 2, 2012 11:46 AM
    one day...
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2012 11:57 AM
    right...and of course this event will be used to justify another billions spending on "cyber" security, right??
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    Nightsilver , October 2, 2012 12:48 PM
    Lol. They probably got pinged.
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    brett1042002 , October 2, 2012 3:38 PM
    NightsilverLol. They probably got pinged.


    "ICMP, 32 bytes detected! Ermahgerd, DDoS attack!
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    Gundam288 , October 2, 2012 5:23 PM
    When I see "anonymous" in any gov. story about hacking, I start thinking it's anon when the gov. is on the reciving end of it.

    What I find odd is that it is on a non-classified system yet they won't tell what it is/was. It leads me to think it was a classified or restricted system of some kind........ Or it could have been the "1st cloud" server....
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    victorious 3930k , October 2, 2012 5:31 PM
    brett1042002"ICMP, 32 bytes detected! Ermahgerd, DDoS attack!
    Ilol'd
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    stingstang , October 2, 2012 5:34 PM
    @tims: What billions of dollars of spending? We're getting less than NASA is, and it's the most important security measure we need right now.

    @Gundam: Or, they just don't care to tell you, since it doesn't matter.
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    superblahman123 , October 2, 2012 6:22 PM
    BAHAHAHA! "omgs! It was China! And they were after the nukes man!!! THE FLIPPING NUKES!!!!"

    I'm not saying that the DOD is the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, but I think they would be smart enough to keep terminals that can initiate nuclear launch commands off of the network, or at least in an extremely isolated network.

    It's pretty classic to accuse the Chinese and to go overboard with stating that it was a nuclear missile system that was hacked, but along with the statement, there goes your credibility.
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    john_4 , October 2, 2012 8:30 PM
    The real enemy is currently occupying the White House.
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