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[ISN] Alleged White House e-mail cyber incident now called attack from China

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Feb 08 2011 - 09:16:10 GMT
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http://fcw.com/articles/2011/02/07/alleged-white-house-email-cyberincident-now-called-spoof-attack-from-china.aspx

By Alice Lipowicz
FCW.com
Feb 07, 2011

Officials in the United Kingdom now suggest that a cyberattack from
purported White House e-mail accounts actually originated from China,
and the perpetrator used a hoax e-mail address that resembled a White
House account. Nevertheless, the U.K. officials are also calling for
more cooperation among governments to jointly agree on policies for
state-based covert cyber activity.

The initial reports on Feb. 4 from British Foreign Secretary William
Hague indicated that e-mail messages alleged to be from the White House
were sent to several British officials in late December. The e-mails
contained links that, if opened, would download a virus onto the user’s
computer.

It was first unclear if the attack came from authentic White House
e-mail accounts that had been hacked and infected with a virus or from
fake e-mail accounts made to resemble White House e-mail messages. In
recent days, the latter scenario appears the more likely.

According to several news accounts, Hague referred to “spoof” White
House e-mail accounts, suggesting that the messages were not authentic.

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