Hackers linked to the Chinese Government hacked into the White House Military Office, according to a report published by the Washington Free Beacon on Sunday. The White House commented that it had been targeted by a spear fishing attack however these attacks were not infrequent and that mitigation measures were in place.
An unnamed official stated that the hackers breached a system used by the White House Military Office, which is used for sensitive communications and nuclear commands. An official spokesman commented “In this instance the attack was identified, the system was isolated, and there is no indication whatsoever that any exfiltration of data took place.”
Whilst publically America must tread a careful line when it comes to accusing foreign governments of cyber espionage, it is no secret that hacking at state level is increasing.
Former McAffee cyber threat researcher Dmitri Alperovitch is less democratic than the politicians when he recently said “I can tell you that the Chinese have an aggressive goal to infiltrate all levels of U.S. government and private sector networks.” “The White House network would be the crown jewel of that campaign so it is hardly surprising that they would try their hardest to compromise it.”
One man who has more knowledge than most on Chinese cyber activities is Lieutenant Colonel Hagestad. A renowned expert on China’s People’s Liberation Army and Government Information Warfare, Colonel Hagstad has recently published 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare, a book that presents and discusses all the salient information regarding the use of cyber warfare doctrine by the People’s Republic of China.
Colonel Hagestad see’s Chinese Cyberwarfare as a very clear and present danger.