Skip to comments.Chinese computer hackers break into White House military network
Posted on 10/01/2012 8:30:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Bill Gertz has the grim news in the Washington Free Beacon:
Hackers linked to China's government broke into one of the U.S. government's most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident.
One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing's most brazen cyber attacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks.
Disclosure of the cyber attack also comes amid heightened tensions in Asia, as the Pentagon moved two U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups and Marine amphibious units near waters by Japan's Senkaku islands.
China and Japan-the United States' closest ally in Asia and a defense treaty partner-are locked in a heated maritime dispute over the Senkakus, which China claims as its territory.
U.S. officials familiar with reports of the White House hacking incident said it took place earlier this month and involved unidentified hackers, believed to have used computer servers in China, who accessed the computer network used by the White House Military Office (WHMO), the president's military office in charge of some of the government's most sensitive communications, including strategic nuclear commands. The office also arranges presidential communications and travel, and inter-government teleconferences involving senior policy and intelligence officials.
An Obama administration national security official said: "This was a spear phishing attack against an unclassified network."
Spear phishing is a cyber attack that uses disguised emails that seek to convince recipients of a specific organization to provide confidential information. Spear phishing in the past has been linked to China and other states with sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities. The official described the type of attack as "not infrequent" and said there were unspecified "mitigation measures in place."
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Hacking , BLAH ,more like inside job
God help us!!! Please!!
All the Chinese have to do is pretend to be pro-Obama media and this WH bunch will GIVE it away .... as per all their previous national security leaking.
Open Mic Catches Obama Asking Medvedev for Space on Missile Defense
March 26, 2012
"In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Barack Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for space on the issue.
This is my last election, Obama told Medvedev. After my election I have more flexibility.
I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir, Medvedev said, referring to incoming President Vladimir Putin."
Obama was talking with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev when neither of them realized that their conversation was being picked up by microphones. Here is what they said:
Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but its important for him to give me space.
Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you ...
Obama: This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.
Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.
This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility. That statement tells us much about the presidents mindset.
The specific mention of missile defense is worrisome enough. Mr. Obama has retreated from the missile defense plan that was negotiated with European allies during the George W. Bush administration. Apparently, he is signaling Moscow that he intends to retreat further. The clear implication from the presidents comments is that he cannot tell the American people before the election what he plans to do after the election.
In addition, there is the phrase on all these issues, implying more is at stake than just missile defense.
Article: Obama plans double cross on missile defense
When it comes to keeping America safe, we shouldnt be too flexible:
Seems like an act of war to me.
After zero got elected didn’t he demand a personal blackberry that was not to be monitored?
God only knows what’s been going in and out of that all this time.
The only portal that N Korea has to the internet is through China. N Koreans are almost exclusively trained at Chinese Universities where past attacks have originated.
I put my money on the N Koreans operating out of China as this has happened many times before and the hackers are just sent home to N Korea.
China is very good at finding hackers and Chinese are too scared to do it, just ask the Chinese Google employees.
I don’t understand. Why would they need to “break in”? I mean, isn’t everything open to our enemies already?
Absolutely an act of war. We should freeze all imports of chinese products until the PRC fesses up & stops this activity.
In any case, I think they really are planning a war. They have 18 million unmarriageable men who will become a problem if they’re not ‘used’ in some manner in the not too distant future.
Commies like Ted Hall, the Rosenbergs and Barack Obama have always thought it is unfair that the US should have nuclear secrets that other countries don’t have. Dangerous even.
Ted Hall: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Hall
The Rosenbergs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenbergs
Barack Obama: no link necessary!
Makes it easy to “hack” if someone on The Hill gives them the password.
"Joint war games are a logical outcome of the Sino-Russian Friendship and Cooperation Treaty signed in 2001, and reflect the shared worldview and growing economic ties between the two Eastern Hemisphere giants."
HEY! That's the ChiCom's JOB!
Our job is to protect against such attacks and be better at them in executing them against their infrastructure.
I'm kinda glad we're figuring this out now, rather than later.
Good point - hadn’t thought of it that way. Somebody should tell George Noory!
Drip... drip... drip.
Unclassified network. There SHOULD be nothing sensitive to national security anywhere on that network. With this administration, you can not be sure of that.
Media says “yawn.”
["Comrade"] Obama Tells Medvedev: I'll Push Nuke Pact in 'Lame Duck'
FoxNews.com ^ | November 14, 2010 | AP via FoxNews.com
Now lets think this out.
Are you saying we committed an act of war when we hacked Irans system? You know Obama admitted to that, in fact it was one of the secrets he spilled to politically help his election.
So is hacking really an act of war?
If we hack shouldn’t we assume that they will hack?
If we assume that they are hacking shouldn’t we take measures to assure their failure/ Shouldnt we be on the lookout for it?
WQhat this story tell me is that we are suffering from incompetence.
It ain't too tough to get into the barn when some damn fool went and left the barn doors open.
ask the mods to move this to BREAKING.....
This SHOULD be a MAJOR story!!!!!!
One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing’s most brazen cyber attacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks.
Don’t see that there’s a whole lot he or any president can do. What’s he going to do,,,threaten to stop borrowing money from them? Threaten to stop trade when we rely on them for 99% of everything we need? We have zero leverage.
It was probably a social engineering attack aimed directly at Obama:
“Do you want to be more Communist? Just enter your White House username and password to find out how!”
Don't you know or understand yet who and what Obama is?
If Bush were in Office, it would be “a MAJOR story”...... non-stop 24/7.
Maybe they could break in and get Obama’s long form BC and college records!
My thoughts too. Recall under Clinton the fire near the Sandia Labs in New Mexico. For several days, super top secret laptops went unaccounted for, and miraculously reappeared behind a file cabinet. And that’s just one of several such fishy events.
Both Clinton and Obama have welcomed China into the most secret inner circles of US security, and nothing to the contrary can convince me otherwise.
China Has numerous Cyber Guerilla Teams run through Universities and Private Companies this Falls Under the Military as their Cyber attack squad
It is the Obama whitehut. Who says the Chinese needed to hack into anything and weren’t given the codes?
They need to maintain the facade in order to keep the half awake citizenry from joining the fully awake citizeny taking up arms.
I wonder how many open POA&Ms the network and system admins had open. Because that’s all that ever really matters to management.
Ans is Zero really concerned. He’s far too focused on golfing, campaigning and making Whoopi on The View.
Why are these computer on the Internet?
Just in time to pass the Cyber Security Bill.. Gee, WHAT.. A.. COINCIDENCE...
Send this link to everyone you know...make copies and hand it out on the street corners! Pass this on to your kids at school and let them pass this info on to others...in print and verbally.
We WILL HAVE TO BE THE TOWN CRIERS....EACH AND EVERY TIME A OBOZO TREANSONOUS INDISCRETION COMES UP, LET’S SEND THE INFO OUT IN PRINT TO EVERYONE WE KNOW, AND PASS IT ON VERBALLY AND TO THE KIDS IN OUR SCHOOLS....AND TELL THEM TO PASS IT ON...HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, EVERYWHERE!
We ARE THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND..THE TOWN CRIER.
LET’S GET ER’ DONE.