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White House confirms cyber-attack on secure network

posted onOctober 2, 2012
by l33tdawg

Cybersecurity is a big issue for governments lately, for it seems the number of people trying to gain access is on the increase. The White House is the latest victim in a long list of governmental institutions to receive attention, after a cyberattack on Sunday.

The Washington Free Beacon suggested that the hackers could have been attacking from inside China. The hackers gained access through "spear phishing", which is a method of email spoofing that sometimes yields results. This is one of those times.

According to the Free Beacon the hackers gained access to nuclear commands and other significant information that absolutely cannot afford to fall into the wrong hands. The Free Beacon paints a negative picture of Obama's administration and their stance towards cybersecurity, but other sources indicate that no information was stolen during the attack.

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