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 @ 2:42pm

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    Even more likely: GCHQ was tracking the foreign attackers already and flagged up the intrusion after they wandered in to US Gov't property.

    There's more than one way to notice an intrusion, after all. Since it was an ally that noticed, it would make sense for them to be monitoring the other end of the connection.

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