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+ - US Gov Investigating Highly Sophisticated Russian Hack Of White House->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI, US Secret Service, and US intelligence agencies are investigating a highly sophisticated hack of White House systems that support the executive office of the President. The attack leveraged the existing compromise of the US State Department network which may still be unresolved, and raises further questions about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for her official responsibilities. The attack on the White House is thought to have begun with a phishing email attack. The attack was routed through computers around the world, but signs point to hackers working for the Russian government. Although the systems compromised were not classified they contained data considered to be highly sensitive, including detailed information on President Obama's schedule. US officials have been surprised by the aggressiveness of Russian hackers in recent months. Two months ago Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate committee that the "Russian cyberthreat is more severe than we have previously assessed." This comes at a time when Russia is increasing flexing its military muscle by supporting separatists in Ukraine, more aggressive probes by Russian bombers and fighter jets along the borders of Baltic nations, the UK, and US, and President Putin's recent revelation that he was willing to order Russia's nuclear combat forces to alert to ensure the success of Russia's covert invasion and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
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Comment: Uh... Biggest problem is low voter turn out? (Score 1) 480

by colin_faber (#48794777) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting
The premise of this article is flawed. The biggest problem with the current electorate is low voter turn out? No, the problem is uneducated voters voting. If anything we have too many idiots casting ballots on issues they've learned about through entertainment tonight or TMZ.

Comment: I decided against this phone AFTER pre-ordering (Score 3, Insightful) 69

by colin_faber (#48488151) Attached to: A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship
With all the constant trouble I, and many others had with the pre order system, I decided to ditch these guys. Their customer service was not great, and to screw up the most basic part of any business (taking peoples money), I decided my best bet was to just get raped by one of the big 4, and buy a contract phone. Sadly, I was looking forward to this phone for quite a while, but I'm tired of the mistakes and gimmicks for what amounts to last years phone.

Comment: Re:Now if they could only fix... (Score 2) 278

by colin_faber (#48058173) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots
Sometimes they're just too many people and too much traffic. As a member of the HPC community I attend the annual super computing trade shows hosted in various cities each year. Each year the SCinet network infrastructure team does everything they can to build out and improve the hardware and software infrastructure at these venues. Mind you, these are extremely well funded and talented people who "know how to get it done right". Yet every year within the 3 blocks of the convention centers you barely get a functional cell phone link, let alone functional wireless or even wired connection to the intertubes.

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