White House Conveniently Confirms 'Cyberattack' Story Just As Its Pushing Cybersecurity Exec Order

from the coincidence... dept

A "conservative" website apparently reported that Chinese hackers broke into a White House military office computer system with a "spear-phishing attack (like regular phishing, but directly targeted at a victim)". The White House has confirmed the story while saying that nothing sensitive was accessed:
A White House official speaking on background late Sunday confirmed there was an attempted hack but said that it affected an unclassified network, was “isolated” and that there was no evidence that any data had been stolen.
I'm not a huge fan of any sort of conspiracy theories, but it does seem questionable that this comes out just as the White House is circulating an executive order dealing with "cybersecurity," and so soon after the administration's preferred Cybersecurity Act got rejected by the Senate. The Free Beacon website that first broke the story seems to use it to suggest that the administration is "soft" on security -- though it was conservatives in the Senate who blocked the Cybersecurity Act from passing in the first place.

Either way, it seems likely that people are trying to hack into key networks all the time. This doesn't sound like much of a big deal, but the fact that the White House is confirming the news just as it's pushing this exec order (while still hoping to get legislation through in the lame duck session), at least makes you wonder if the whole thing isn't being "leaked" on purpose to get cybersecurity stories back into the press to push for the exec order or for a revival of the bill.

Filed Under: china, cyberattack, cybersecurity, white house

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    TasMot (profile), 2 Oct 2012 @ 7:32am

    What about the Computer Hacking Law

    We already have a computer hacking law (Just ask Lori Drew ) that can be used to go after computer criminals (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act). But, what the administration is saying that this Cyber Attack (well I guess that a Cyber Atack is not computer fraud or abuse, is that what I'm missing?) So now, a (maybe) cyber attack that was unsuccessful and nothing bad happened that is not computer fraud or abuse needs a new law (although what they probably want is a whole new huge expensive department to deal with this failed threat). OR, they could just take the sensitive information off the internet so it can't be reached. Wow, why didn't I think of that.

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