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

Day One Obama faces Cold War threat, a warning from Israel

November 7, 2008

With barely time to savour his triumph, Barack Obama has been confronted with various international crises to test his mettle.

The U.S. President-elect faces threats from Russia, Israel and Afghanistan as it emerged his election team’s computers were hacked by a ‘foreign entity’ during the election.

Officials at the FBI and the White House believe the hackers sought to gather information on the evolution of both his and Senator John McCain’s policy positions with the idea of using that information in negotiations with the next administration.

Obama technical experts later speculated the hackers were Russian or Chinese, and security ended the intrusion, Newsweek reported.

By David Gardner
The Mail (UK)

The first of the challenges thrown at the President-elect, who received his first national security intelligence briefing yesterday, came from the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

He threatened to base warheads along the Polish border if Obama goes ahead with a Bush administration plan to create a missile shield in Eastern Europe.

Then Israel warned Obama last night that his claim that he was ready to open talks with Iran could be seen in the Middle East as a sign of weakness.

Furthermore, Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai demanded that Obama ‘put an end to civilian casualties’ by changing U.S. military tactics to avoid airstrikes in the war on the Taliban. He spoke out after seven wedding party guests were accidentally killed by an American airstrike.

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Secret Service takes the President Elect to the gym

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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Chinese hackers: No site is safe (even Pentagon)

March 8, 2008
By John Vause
CNN 

ZHOUSHAN, China (CNN) — They operate from a bare apartment on a Chinese island. They are intelligent 20-somethings who seem harmless. But they are hard-core hackers who claim to have gained access to the world’s most sensitive sites, including the Pentagon.
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The leader of these Chinese hackers says there “is always a weakness” on networks that allows cyber break-ins.

In fact, they say they are sometimes paid secretly by the Chinese government — a claim the Beijing government denies.

“No Web site is one hundred percent safe. There are Web sites with high-level security, but there is always a weakness,” says Xiao Chen, the leader of this group.

“Xiao Chen” is his online name. Along with his two colleagues, he does not want to reveal his true identity. The three belong to what some Western experts say is a civilian cyber militia in China, launching attacks on government and private Web sites around the world.

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Chinese hackers targeted British government too – report

September 5, 2007

London – Chinese computer specialists, some thought to be from the military, have been attacking computer networks of British government departments, the Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday.The report follows allegations that China’s military hacked into a computer network of the Pentagon in Washington, a charge rejected as “groundless” by the government in Beijing.

According to the Guardian, hackers, some believed to be from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, hit the network at the Foreign Office in London as well as those in other key government departments.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) to say whether it had been hit, added the Guardian. It recalled an incident last year that shut down part of the House of Commons (parliament) computer system. After it was initially believed that an individual was responsible, it was later discovered to be the work of an organized Chinese hacking group, officials told the newspaper.

While security and defence officials are “coy” about what they knew of specific attacks, one expert described it as a “constant ongoing problem.”

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China denies hacking Pentagon