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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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Oct 2014 @ 1:01pm

    Glancing back at the previous stories of today, I'd guess that something along the lines of the "UK's GCHQ Can Get Warrantless Access To Bulk NSA Data" happened. The other guys noticed something in the data they searched and tipped off the NSA/White House/whatever. Assuming that the NSA/equivalent believes in their own good faith and doesn't search their own data as wantonly as they'd search data gathered from a foreign source.

    Or it might just be that the ally noticed the tracks others left as they themselves sneaked in. Whichever.

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