Hackers Hit White House Computer Network

Source: Devin Dwyer / ABC News

The Obama administration has confirmed a report that unidentified hackers targeted an unclassified computer network for the White House Military Office in an cyber attack last month.

The office handles all military related functions at the White House, including presidential transportation, communications, food service, and security of the so-called “nuclear football,” the apparatus which is kept near the president and is used to house the nuclear war plan.

“This was a spear phishing attack against an unclassified network,” a senior administration official told ABC News after the hack attack was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, citing defense department officials.

“These types of attacks are not infrequent and we have mitigation measures in place,” the official said. “In this instance the attack was identified, the system was isolated, and there is no indication whatsoever that any exfiltration of data took place.”

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