[LINK] Obama/McCain computers compromised in northern hemi summer
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Thu Nov 6 11:44:25 EST 2008
From Newsweek's press release:
New York--The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns
were victims of a sophisticated cyber attack by an unknown "foreign
entity," prompting a federal investigation, Newsweek reports in its
exclusive special election issue, "President Obama" on newsstands
Thursday, Nov. 6.
At the Obama headquarters in midsummer, technology experts detected
what they initially thought was a computer virus, a case of
"phishing"--a form of hacking often employed to steal passwords or
credit card numbers. But by the next day, both the FBI and the Secret
Service came to the campaign with an ominous warning: "You have a
problem way bigger than what you understand," an agent told them.
"You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been
loaded off your system." The following day, Obama campaign chief
David Plouffe heard from White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, to
the same effect: "You have a real problem... and you have to deal
with it." The Feds told the Obama campaign in late August that the
McCain campaign's computer system had been similarly compromised (a
top McCain official confirmed to Newsweek that the campaign's
computer system had been hacked and the FBI was had become involved).
As Editor-at-Large Evan Thomas writes, FBI and White House officials
told the Obama campaign that they believed that a foreign entity or
organization sought to gather information on the evolution of both
camps' policy issues--information that might be useful in
negotiations with a future administration. The Feds assured the Obama
team that it had not been hacked by its political opponents (Obama
technical experts later speculated that the hackers were Russian or
Chinese). A security firm retained by the Obama campaign took steps
to secure its computer system and end the intrusion. White House and
FBI officials had no comment earlier this week.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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