U.S. government officials have revealed that the White House computer networks
are under constant attack, and that hackers have gotten in a few times. No more
details were given of these attacks, although the most likely source is
believed to be China.
It was also
revealed that the networks of both U.S. presidential candidates were hacked,
and large quantities of files taken. U.S. government Internet security
officials warned the campaign managers, and offered to help clean out the
hacker software. Both campaigns brought in their own experts and found that the
campaign networks were penetrated mainly because the campaign staffs had rapidly expanded and many users were not
using sufficient defensive software. This made it easier for hackers to get in.
and Russia are often mentioned as the source of these attacks, government
Internet security organizations will not give details. That's normal, as you
don't want the enemy to know you are tracking his hacking efforts, much less
let on how closely you are monitoring these attacks. The U.S. may well have
some very precise information on where these attacks are coming from, who is
doing it, and how. The attackers get some sense of how good their opponent is
by the changes in the defenses. But the U.S. doesn't want the hackers to know
if hacker central has been identified. That information can be a valuable
weapon when it comes time to counterattack. That has not happened because
several requests to Congress, for permission to strike back, have gone
unanswered, at least publically.