Computer hackers have accessed an unclassified computer network that is utilized by President Barack Obama’s top advisers, according to a host of media sources including CNN on Wednesday. While there is little information being given about the attack from the Obama administration, one White House official admits that “a variety of actors find our networks attractive targets and seek access to sensitive government information.” The report states that hackers have gotten into the Obama administration’s computer network and their tools are not being used to enable a destructive cyber attack.
The White House has refused to provide details of the attack such as when it specifically occurred or the nature of the cyber attack. It has been assumed, however, that the attack likely occurred last week. Staff at the White House was subjected to outages on their computers last Friday. At that time, according to a White House official, the cyber-security team at the White House noticed the digital intrusion. It is also said that the White House cyber-security team took immediate measures to stop the attack. During that period of time, White House staff members found that their computers were disrupted for a short period of time.
United States governmental officials have suggested that they known who was responsible for the cyber attack. However, they are not making that information public. Yet, the Washington Post has asserted that the hackers are most likely working for the Russian government. Newsweek has gone a step further with its blatant headline on the story and claimed that a White House official has said Russia did, in fact, commit the cyber attack. Of note, the invasive technological event was less serious than it could have been. It was reported that the White House network that was invaded by hackers was meant for unclassified documents, indicating that the documents in the network are those of lesser importance regarding the nation’s security.
Slate reported that the NSA, the Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently working together to investigate the latest governmental computer network breach. Slate concurred that Russia is suspect because security firms have implicated hackers from Russia in other attacks that have been quite similar in nature. As could well be assumed, there is interest in the cyber attack incident throughout the globe. The BBC has reported the story while reasserting claims that the information in the invaded network is not classified.