Nov 07 2008

Chinese hackers pwn whitehouse (.gov, not the other one)

Published by at 8:32 am under US attacks

A Financial Times article discusses multiple security compromises in the Whitehouse network. Heike blogged already about both President-Elect Obama’s and Senator McCain’s campaign networks were compromised by foreign hackers as well. The network of my precinct committee chairperson is next. From the article:

“For a short period of time, they successfully breach a wall, and then you rebuild the wall . . . it is not as if they have continued access,” said the official. “It is constant cat and mouse on this stuff.”

As usual, the article is slim on technical details and fills in the space with general cybersecurity background. At this point, it may be easier to list the government organizations that haven’t been compromised by Chinese hackers.

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  1. [...] pwn whitehouse (.gov, not the other one) Posted in November 7th, 2008 by in Uncategorized Chinese hackers pwn whitehouse (.gov, not the other one) A Financial Times article discusses multiple security compromises in the Whitehouse network. Heike [...]

  2. CBRP1R8on 10 Nov 2008 at 7:04 am

    This one was posted today in the Financial Times.

    “Chinese hack into White House network
    By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington

    Published: November 6 2008 19:13 | Last updated: November 7 2008 00:24

    Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, a senior US official told the Financial Times.

    On each occasion, the cyber attackers accessed the White House computer system for brief periods, allowing them enough time to steal information before US computer experts patched the system.

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