White House Hacked


Russians attack America. After hearing this news, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Cold War was back in full swing. But it’s all true – earlier this week the White House was subjected to a pretty extraordinary attack on their computer networks.


This wasn’t just a rogue attack by black-hat cyber criminals on the fringes of the ‘net. According to sources in Washington, the rumour doing the rounds is that this particular hack was a state-sponsored assault on Americans.


One anonymous White House official has stated that ‘In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network. We took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity.’


However, those measures did result in temporary disruption to the network. Currently, the FBI, CIA and the NSA are all investigating the attack. It’s the target of the attack which has led many in Washington to believe that the Russian Government is behind it. The Executive Office of the President is a pretty hush-hush network, and is therefore a prime target for enemies of the States.


Russia is currently thought by the US Government to be the top-level threat in terms of cyber-capabilities. So far, Russian hackers have been targeting other US defence contractors, NATO and, unsurprisingly, given recent events, the government of Ukraine. Industry experts believe that these hackers were employed by the Russian Government every time. As Ronald Reagan never quite said: ‘Mr. Putin, tear down this firewall.’


Thankfully, the American Government are pretty prepared for such attacks on their network. However, if they’re looking for a little extra support, we’d like to extend our IT services to you, Mr. President.


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