(The Hosting News) – The U.S. government was breached as the White House admitted it had recently faced a cyber-attack on Monday.
The incident, occurring earlier this month, originated from China and according to a Sunday report from the conservative-leaning Washington Free Bacon, it affected the White House Military Office for nuclear commands.
And while the nature of the attack could be deemed serious, in a report from Politico.com, administration officials downplayed the attack’s significance, referring to the incident as “isolated.” Meanwhile, in a news story from the Associated Press, the representative emphasized such attempts were not all that uncommon and the article itself noted the attempt had been “thwarted.”
The tactic used for the breach was reported to be spear phishing, a scheme in which sent emails falsify their origin as trusted sources.
China has been increasingly cited as the source for a number of high profile cyber-attacks. In June of last year, the country was suspected as the origin for a hack on Lockheed Martin, a major U.S. government contractor for military supplies.
The U.S. government has set cyber security as a priority. In July, U.S. President Barack Obama penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for stronger standards via legislation from Capitol Hill. At the time, Obama stated, “So far, no one has managed to seriously damage or disrupt our critical infrastructure networks. But foreign governments, criminal syndicates and lone individuals are probing our financial, energy and public safety systems every day.”