The Washington Post reported that hackers believed to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified computer networks in the White House within the past month.
There was no official statement from the White House, but officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to Post and confirmed that the breach had occurred and the investigation is ongoing. Officials say that there was no damage done, and stated that there was no evidence to suggest the White House’s classified network was hacked. Officials did not comment on the alleged identity of the hackers. According to the Post:
Recent reports by security firms have identified cyber-espionage campaigns by Russian hackers thought to be working for the government. Targets have included NATO, the Ukrainian government and U.S. defense contractors. Russia is regarded by U.S. officials as being in the top tied of states with cyber-capabilities.
It is also believed that Russian intelligence was behind an intrusion into the networks of the U.S. military in 2008, a breach which took months to contain and clean up.
There was minor disruption of regular services as White House staff dealt with the intrusion.
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