Obama's, McCain's & White House's computers hacked

Reply Fri 7 Nov, 2008 05:51 am
Sophisticated hackers infiltrated the computer systems of both Barack Obama and John McCain during the US presidential campaign and stole a "serious amount of files" in what appears to have been an intelligence-gathering operation by Russia or China, it has emerged.

Upon discovering what they thought was a computer virus last summer, the Obama campaign were visited by agents from the FBI and Secret Service and told that their systems had, in fact, been hacked. "You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system," an FBI agent was quoted as saying, by the American Newsweek magazine.

According to the report, the secret service told the Obama campaign that Mr McCain had also been targeted by a sophisticated campaign of hacking. "Obama technical experts later speculated that the hackers were Russian or Chinese," the magazine said, adding that the FBI had assured Mr Obama that the attack had not been carried out by his political


Chinese hack into White House network:
Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, a senior US official told the FT.

The cyber attackers managed to penetrate the White House system for brief periods that allowed them to steal information before US government experts each time patched the system.
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Separately, US government cyber investigations have determined that an attack this summer on the Obama and McCain campaign computer networks originated in China. Details of the attack were first reported by Newsweek. The secret service told the Obama and McCain campaigns that their networks had been comprised by foreign hackers.

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Reply Fri 7 Nov, 2008 06:37 am
I thought we were supposed to be safe from such things with Bush (a Republican) in office.

tsk tsk.
Reply Fri 7 Nov, 2008 10:28 am
You fail to remember that when Clinton left the White House, he stole some keys off the keyboards. This help the perps with their efforts. The system was already compromised.

Tsk tsk.
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