Without mentioning names directly, agencies involved in the investigation have pointed to hackers working for the Russian government as the operators behind the cyber intrusion into the White House computer system last year.
A White House official admitted that the hackers managed to breach into sensitive, but not classified information, such as details of the President Obama’s schedule which is normally kept from public. While these data are part of the unclassified system, they remain valuables and highly sensitive to foreign intelligence, according to CNN.
The breach was coursed through the systems of the State Department and whose suspicious activities was first detected in October 2014.
According to the FBI, Secret Service and other intelligence agencies involved in the probe, “tell-tale codes” and “markers” were found that pointed to the Russians as the one behind the intrusion, although a senior White House official refused to confirm.
“In this case, as we made clear at the time, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity,” National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh told CNN. “As has been our position, we are not going to comment on article’s attribution to specific actors.”
President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, also do not believe that the White House classified system was compromised after the breach.
He assured that the security measures for the unclassified system are being constantly updated precisely to prevent such things. At the same time, they were also instructed to be extra-careful about filing sensitive information in the system, which means anything that is deemed sensitive must be assumed to be vulnerable and can be compromised if not saved in the right system. (Click here to read more)