Hackers Reportedly Breached White House Network
Hackers reportedly breached an unclassified network at the White House. An administration official said the White House took steps to mitigate the risk.The White House, home of U.S President Barack Obama and office to the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, is the latest organization to be a victim of a network breach. A report in The Washington Post claims that an unclassified network in the White House was breached by hackers that are likely aligned with the Russian government. A Reuters report citing an unnamed White House official noted that "activity of concern" was found on the unclassified network used at the White House. The official added that the White House took immediate measures to mitigate the risk. Some of those measures involved restricted access to the network. "The temporary outages and loss of connectivity that users have been experiencing is solely the result of measures we have taken to defend our networks," a White House internal memo published by the Huffington Post stated. The attack and the White House's response to it were not surprising to security experts eWEEK contacted.
Even after shutting down part of the network, there would still be an effort to track down the source of the attack, Greg Kazmierczak, CTO at Wave Systems, said."The decision to temporarily shut down the network was probably dictated by a combination of the type of attack, the remediation required and whether additional data could be lost during the remediation process," Kazmierczak told eWEEK.