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According to an article issued by the Washington Post, White House computer networks may have been compromised over the past several weeks. It is believed that Hackers potentially working for the Russian government breached unclassified the government’s networks, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services. Cybersecurity teams are currently investigating and working to contain the intrusion. U.S. officials were alerted to the breach by an ally, sources have confirmed.
White House officials (speaking anonymously) have stated that the intruders did not damage any of the systems in place and, to date, there is no evidence that the classified network was hacked. At present, the FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency are all involved in the investigation. At this time, White House officials are not confirming who was behind the intrusion or how much data may have been extracted.
According to one official, “In the course of assessing recent threats, [the White House security team] identified activity of concern on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network. [They] took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity… Unfortunately, some of that resulted in the disruption of regular services to users. But people were on it and are dealing with it.”
“Certainly a variety of actors find our networks to be attractive targets and seek access to sensitive information,” The White House official said. “We are still assessing the activity of concern.”
Over the past several weeks, security firms have been reporting cyber-espionage campaigns by Russian hackers thought to be working for the government. Targets have included NATO, the Ukrainian government and U.S. defense contractors. In the present market, Russia is regarded by the U.S. as being in the top tier of states with cyber-threat capabilities.
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