U.S. President Barack Obama has admitted that the White House has been the target of hacking incidents while adding that the state of cybersecurity “throughout the government, in general.”
U.S. President Barack Obama was in Spain during a diplomatic visit when he spoke about the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. state department, White House and the wider government, as revealed by Reuters.
Speaking on Sunday, he stated:
There are legitimate concerns around how information travels in the State department.
It has to do with the volumes of information transmitted, who has access to them, concerns about cyberattacks and cyber security and I’m concerned about [...]
In a press release on the US Treasury website this morning, President Obama signed an executive order that sanctions North Korea in response to the Sony Hack. The action is in response to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s numerous provocations. However, the statement specifically mentions the recent cyber-attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment, threats against movie theaters and moviegoers.