White House Faced Cyber Breach, China Could be Source

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The U.S. Administration recently acknowledged that it had been the target of a “spear and phishing” hack attack on its system. However, in a report from the Associated press, a source emphasized the occurrence was minimal.

The incident was initially reported on by conservative news source the Washington Free Beacon who noted the source of the attack came from China. The breach also allegedly targeted a White House office overseeing nuclear commands.

A representative noted the event was “isolated” and the AP’s own report described it as “thwarted.”

Spear phishing is routinely used to disguise emails as coming from an official source.

Attacks from China, meanwhile, have been all too common. Last year, a source from the country was thought to have participated in a breach of notable U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin. That incident was considered serious enough to where U.S. administration officials, including the President, were briefed.