Russia’s Invasion of White House Computers: The Story Still Has Not Been Told

CNN has made news with this headline: “How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House.”

Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.

This is the story that we reported on last October, just before the election, here, here, here, here and here. We got the story due to a tip from a reader. Virtually no one else reported on it.

Only on October 28, days before the election, did the Obama administration admit that White House computers had been down for weeks. The administration said that it learned of the foreign intrusion, apparently by Russia, from “an ally.” So we didn’t detect it, and there was no indication of how long one or more hostile powers had access to White House computers before the intrusion was discovered.

The computers that were compromised were those serving the Executive Office of the President, which includes, besides the White House itself, such agencies as the National Security Advisor, the National Security Staff, the Office of the Chief of Staff, the Office of the White House Counsel, and many more. Last fall, we reported that State Department computers were down along with those of the Executive Office of the President. CNN now reports that the Russian intrusion started in the State Department, and was extended from there to the White House.

Isn’t it reasonable to infer that major news outlets kept Russia’s cyberattack a secret until after the election because it reflected badly on the Obama administration’s competence as well as its complacent view of the world? Some “reset”! I think that is an inescapable conclusion. Even today, it is astonishing that the story has gotten so little attention in the Democratic Party press. One can only imagine the hysteria if the Bush White House had been hacked by a foreign adversary with technical capacities apparently greater than our own. We never would have heard the end of it. I suspect that this is one of many stories that will not be fully told until Barack Obama has long departed from office.

Full article: Russia’s Invasion of White House Computers: The Story Still Has Not Been Told (Powerline)

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