News: White House Hacked by Russian Hackers!

White House Hacked by Russian Hackers!

White House Hacked by Russian Hackers!

Yesterday, April 7th, it was revealed that the United States White House had been hacked by allegedly Russian hackers.

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According to reports, the Russian hackers used social engineering/phishing to get a foothold in the U.S. State Department and then pivoted from that system/network to the White House. Although the White House said no confidential information was compromised, the President's appointment calendar and other information were.

Image via Associated Press

Attribution or "blame" for the hack was made more difficult because the hackers used proxies between themselves and the target. The FBI and the Secret Service are blaming the Russians because of the similarity of the malware used.

I point out this hack for a number of reasons.

First, it emphasizes the use of hacking in international relations. Hacking will be—if not already—the most important skill set for cyberwar, espionage, and foreign relations. It's not too late to start studying.

Second, these sophisticated hackers used a phishing attack to compromise the White House. Some novices still believe that phishing attacks don't work. That is far from the truth as many major hacks in recent years began as phishing attacks.

Third, you only need to hack one system on a network to compromise the entire network. Once you have a "foothold" within the network, you can pivot from that single system to compromise nearly every system within the network or connected to the network. The White House network is not connected to the State Department network, but a trust relationship exists between them, enabling the hackers to move from one to the other.

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Novices probably think that because the only phishing they have come across is unsophisticated and doesn't have any particular target. It's usually a very broad, general piece of social engineering; like a big fishing net.

But it's always fun to know that high profile hacks are happening, and so frequently. Just allows our industry to grow.

ghost_

This is very interesting. I do wonder sometimes if the hackers here have any affiliation with the Carbanak attacks.

Hi I'm new to nullbyte and I was wondering if OTW could answer my question. Is it possible in any way shape or form to Intall Kali Linux on any IOS device? Sorry if I addressed you incorrectly OTW and please feel free to correct me!

At the moment, I feel like it's possible but very tricky. Hell, even installing onto a Mac can be a nightmare.

Android is your best bet if you're looking for a mobile/tablet solution.

EDIT: Though, this really isn't the thread for that question.

ghost_

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