White House unclassified computer systems have been breached by some alleged Russian hackers, according to The Washington Post. The hackers, believed to be working for the Russian government, temporary disrupted some services.
â€œIn the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network,â€ a White House official said. â€œWe took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activityâ€¦Unfortunately, some of that resulted in the disruption of regular services to users. â€œ
When the breach was discovered a few weeks ago, White House staff was required to change passwords, while the only service that worked with minor delays was the email system, intranet and VPN being shut-down for some time.
Sources told The Washington Post that the US was notified about the breach by an ally and it is currently believed that the attack is a state-sponsored campaign against the White House.
The NSA, FBI and Secret Service are leading the investigation of the incident. Meanwhile White House officials are declining to comment on the incident’s details, meaning that nothing is certain on who was behind and what was taken or not.
â€œCertainly a variety of actors find our networks to be attractive targets and seek access to sensitive information,â€ the official concluded.
While the investigation is still ongoing, there is no evidence that the classified networks have been breached.