A senior administration official revealed last Monday that the White House endured a spear phishing attack against its non-classified computer systems, Margaret Chadbourn reports for Reuters.
The official stated that they often encounter this kind of attack, which stems from fake email messages.
According to Chadbourn’s report, the official said no evidence exists to show data was stolen and the compromised system was quickly isolated, preventing data extraction.
The official gave no specific details regarding the identity of the perpetrators and when the attack happened, the report said.
Freebeacon reports China-based hackers were behind the attack against the White House’s military system.
The White House is currently drafting an executive order to implement guidelines for computer network protection against cyber attacks.