On Monday, after FreeBeacon.com revealed that a hack attack had occurred against the White House Military Office (WHMO) in September, and that the presidential residence and office finally confirmed that such a cyber attack had occurred, but downplayed the threat to national security.
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Didn't they downplay the Secret Service Sex Scandal in Cartagena too? And the Fast and Furious debacle, and...
This latest breach by employees in the Obama administration makes it clear that someone in the upper echelon of the administration is failing to get a handle on matters close to home. Remember the FSA scandal this year by an Obama appointee?
Fox News reports that U.S. government computers were breached by Chinese hackers, and that "This [White House Communications Agency] guy opened an email he wasn't supposed to open," according to their source.
Surely no one is stupid enough to open an email with an attachment, who works in a department already cautioned specifically against such activity, right? If not, America has more concerns than its failing economy and joblessness to worry about.
FreeBeacon reported that the Obama administration tried to downplay the serious breach in security, stating that, "This was a spear phishing attack against an unclassified network."
Unclassified network? Saying it's an unclassified network means nothing. Why not just be totally honest and admit someone dropped the ball? but that, thankfully, it isn't the same "Football"--known militarily as the button the president must push to start World War III.
Spear phishing, or any other computer attack against the Military Office of the president is far from being "minor" in importance, and the WHMO is responsible for important presidential communication activities, such as "strategic nuclear commands." You know, the command the president uses when America decides to launch a missile attack against her enemies in times of war.
So why the casual attitude? Is it because it is an election year and it makes the president look like he doesn't have control of his own home?
The group allegedly with the most to gain for implementing the attack, 4PLA, a group of Chinese military cyber warfare specialists, also known as the 4th Department of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, according to the FreeBeacon, is but "one of the Chinese groups with an aggressive goal to infiltrate all levels of U.S. government and private sector networks," according to Dimitri Alperovitch, a former McAfee cyber threat researcher.
And America has someone working in the WHMO who doesn't know not to open just any ole email? Can November 6 come any faster?