National Security Says White House Hacked by Russian Hackers
According to CNN, the White House’s cyber security was recently compromised by Russian hackers. In particular, reports indicate that the hack originated from the same provenance that had previously compromised the State Department.
While no information deemed classified was leaked or compromised, other data that the government considers sensitive, such as the President’s schedule, was available to the hackers. Such information has a high value for foreign spy agencies, and even higher for terror groups who might be able to make use of it in an attack.
Like all things related to the NSA and the National Security Council, statements have been vague as to the details of the breach. What we do know are the following things:
- According to CNN, using a breach of the State Department, hackers were able to use compromised State Department credentials to then “trick someone” at the White House into allowing them unfettered access to the unclassified side of the White House network.
- This network contains no classified or highly sensitive data. According to White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, “You have to act as if information could be compromised if it’s not on the classified system.”
State Department Still Hasn’t Closed the Door on Russian Hackers
The biggest takeaway from this hack isn’t the brazenness of it nor the fact that hackers in Russia know more about the American president’s comings and goings than the American public does. The takeaway is that the government agency, with its budget of $46 billion, has yet to fully close the doors on the hackers.
The initial breach was reported way back in December, and the Wall Street Journal reported in February that the government had still not resolved the problem. Seemingly, the initial problem was overshadowed by the much more widely publicized hack of Sony Pictures.
Now this with the happens, and discussions are not focusing on the failures of the government’s cyber security problems, but rather on the seriousness of the data compromised. The Federal government has more resources at its disposal, most notably in the area of national defense, than virtually any other government in the world. Certain governments do not publish statistics in the same way that the US government does, but it seems that the US Government’s resources must at least rival those.
Asking the Right Questions
If this were a private company, Apple for instance, and the breach were this serious, like as not, everything would be shut down until the leak was found and plugged. Whoever had allowed the hackers access to the CEO (White House), regardless of their excuse, would be eliminated from the company.
If the government can’t find someone within their ranks to fix the problem once and for all, whatever it is, then they should call in a private firm. Extreme situations call for extreme measures, basically, and it seems the State Department would rather play the media game of deflection than it would actually get to the bottom of its security problems. What’s next, blaming Edward Snowden?