Hackers Breached White House Network... And Some Other Country Told The US About It

from the best-cybersecurity-folks? dept

So, there's a story in the Washington Post that's getting a bit of attention about how Russian hackers apparently breached a White House computer network (an unclassified network, so not as troubling as it could have been). And that story is kind of interesting, but it seems like the bigger deal is this:
U.S. officials were alerted to the breach by an ally, sources said.
Wait a second. After all we've been told about the brilliant minds at the NSA/US Cyber Command and their "cybersecurity" skills -- it seems immensely troubling that (1) the US didn't catch this themselves and (2) that some other country did catch it. So, uh, just why is some "ally" monitoring the White House's network?

As for the rest of the report, as the Washington Post notes, this isn't even that big of a deal. Foreign state hackers are always going to try to breach US government computers, and sometimes they're going to succeed. That's the nature of the beast. But, it does seem profoundly odd that it was discovered by some other country.

Filed Under: cybersecurity, hacking, network, nsa, russians, security, us cyber command, white house


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 29 Oct 2014 @ 1:04pm

    All good points.

    "maybe because it did not know or maybe because volunteering information is just such an alien concept to NSA employees"

    Or maybe because they needed time to remove their own trail,

    or maybe because they wanted to see how good the team monitoring the WH were,

    or maybe they wanted to see which ally would tell the WH and which wouldn't even though all of them knew (who's a tittle-tattle?)

    or maybe because the culprits weren't actually Russians,

    or maybe because they felt the WH didn't need to know,

    or maybe because the brilliant cyberwarriors are too busy monitoring the real traitors (that would be us)

    and so on ad infinitum. Spying is such a fun, endless game. Guaranteed career for life, good pension, easier flying a keyboard than risking life and limb.

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