Hackers Breach White House Computers
The hackers are thought to be working for the Russian government
- By Matt Holden
- Oct 29, 2014
According to a report, hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached White House computer networks in recent weeks, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.
White House officials said the intruders did not damage any of the systems and that there is no evidence the classified network was hacked.
“In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network,” said one White House official. “We took immediate measure 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.”
The FBI, Secret Service and National Security Agency are all involved in the investigation. White House officials are not commenting on who was behind the intrusion or how much data was taken.
“Certainly a variety of actors find our networks to be attractive targets and seek access to sensitive information,” a White House official said. “We are still assessing the activity of concern.”
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.