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Chinese Hackers Penetrate White House Computers

November 7, 2008

The White House computer system was penetrated numerous times by Chinese hackers, the Financial Times reported Friday.
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From Fox News 

The cyber attackers obtained e-mails between government officials and stole information before U.S. computer experts fixed the system, a senior U.S. official told the Financial Times.

U.S. government cyber intelligence experts suspect the attacks were sponsored by the Chinese government because of their targeted nature. They added that it is difficult to trace the exact source of an attack beyond a server in a particular country.

Newsweek magazine reported Wednesday that a foreign power hacked into the computer systems of both John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

Obama’s team concluded on its own that the hackers were Russian or Chinese and probably were seeking foreign policy information.

A federal law enforcement source confirmed the Newsweek story to FOX News and described the incident as “fairly significant.”
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By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington
Financial Times (UK)

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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From June 22, 2007

Pentagon E-Mail Hacked

From ARS Technica
At a Department of Defense media roundtable yesterday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed that an incursion by hackers was responsible for a Pentagon e-mail outage that occurred Wednesday and disrupted e-mail service for over 1,500 Pentagon workers.

According to Gates, portions of the Pentagon e-mail system were disabled in response to hacking activity. “Elements of the OSD unclassified e-mail system were taken offline yesterday afternoon, due to a detected penetration,” said Gates, according to a transcript of the event published by the Defense Department. “We obviously have redundant systems in place, and there is no anticipated adverse impact on ongoing operations. There will be some administrative disruptions and personal inconveniences.”

Although Gates claims that the circumstances behind….

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Related:
Cyber Security: World Bank “Invited” Attack; “Gave Away” Millions of Dollars Through IT Office

World Bank Under Cyber Siege in ‘Unprecedented Crisis’

October 10, 2008

By Richard Behar
Fox News

The World Bank Group’s computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year, FOX News has learned.

It is still not known how much information was stolen. But sources inside the bank confirm that servers in the institution’s highly-restricted treasury unit were deeply penetrated with spy software last April. Invaders also had full access to the rest of the bank’s network for nearly a month in June and July.

In total, at least six major intrusions — two of them using the same group of IP addresses originating from China — have been detected at the World Bank since the summer of 2007, with the most recent breach occurring just last month.

In a frantic midnight e-mail to colleagues, the bank’s senior technology manager referred to the situation as an “unprecedented crisis.” In fact, it may be the worst security breach ever at a global financial institution. And it has left bank officials scrambling to try to understand the nature of the year-long cyber-assault, while also trying to keep the news from leaking to the public.

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