Earlier this week, the White House said that it had been attacked by hackers who were attempting to infiltrate its computer networks, but that this effort was unsuccessful.
The attack was said to have targeted an isolated, unclassified network, and there is no indication that any data was viewed, according to a report from The Associated Press
. Further, there was no attempt made to breach any classified systems.
It seems the effort was the result of a "spear-phishing" attack - that is, a phishing scheme that targets a specific person or group of people, the report said. Coincidentally, the attack came as the Obama administration was at work to create an executive order that would increase security for U.S. computer systems. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly on his official blog about the ways in which consumers and organizations may be affected by a wide variety of hacking attacks, and what they can do to increase their protections against these incidents.
© 2003-2012 IDentity Theft 911, LLC. All Rights Reserved