Hackers breached the White House's "unclassified" computer networks at some point over the past few weeks. Intelligence agencies suspect the hack to have originated from somewhere in Russia.
Before I bring you a little deeper into this story, I want to assure you that this doesn't put the U.S. anywhere near DEFCON Four high alert status.
Hackers were only able to breach the unclassified network, which means that they couldn't get their hands on anything that intelligence officials wanted to keep secret.
All that the hackers really managed to do was to disrupt "regular services," according to an anonymous source who spoke with the Washington Post. While the hack originated from Russia, the White House official said that no one is pointing the finger quite yet:
Certainly a variety of actors find our networks to be attractive targets and seek access to sensitive information. We are still assessing the activity of concern.
You may remember a post I wrote yesterday where a security firm accused Russia of developing 007-tier snoopware. If it turns out that the Russian government is behind this breach, then you can definitely expect the hackers to be the same people that tried to spy on NATO.
Hacking is next-generation espionage.
While governments used to have to deny any knowledge of the spies they had placed in other countries, state-sponsored hackers only have to change their IP address. It's scary, real and only going to get worse as the years drag on.
A breach into the White House doesn't feel good. Sure, this one wasn't serious, but it means that hackers have the power and confidence to try it. The NSA, FBI, Secret Service and the U.S.'s Cyber Command are all throwing hats into the race to catch these guys. I'm rooting for them.