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White House Confirms It Foiled Cyberattack. Refuses to Speculate on Source.

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The White House might be reluctant to point fingers, but does anybody know what Mitt Romney’s been up to lately? Oh right. Campaigning for president — which shouldn’t leave a whole lot of time for hacking Web sites. So, who else could be responsible?

In a story, David Jackson Share quotes as saying “hackers linked to China’s government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident.

“One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing’s most brazen cyberattacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyberattacks.”

The Web site goes on to say that the cyberattack could be the result of a dustup between China and Japan over who owns the Senkaku islands. Why is the U.S. involved? Because two U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups and Marine amphibious units were sent to the area ostensibly to support Japan, America’s ally. Well, that’s’s take on the matter.

Share also quotes an Associated Press story, which cites an unnamed source who says a “White House official said the attack targeted an unclassified network. He said the attack was identified and that the system was isolated to prevent spread. He said there was no indication that any data was removed.”

The AP added: “The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the attack, said there was no attempted breach of classified systems. The official described such ‘spear phishing’ attacks as ‘not infrequent.”

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