US Official: Hack Looks 'State Sponsored'

- VOA News,August 8, 2015

The hack into the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff email network has “all the hallmarks of a state-sponsored attack,” a defense official told VOA.

The attack occurred around July 25, causing a shutdown that is still ongoing.

The Pentagon took the “most conservative” approach when responding to the intrusion, which was “to bring the network completely down in order to make the necessary fixes to it,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday.

U.S. media, including NBC and The Daily Beast, are reporting that hackers who penetrated the email network are based in Russia. The news outlets quote unnamed Pentagon officials.

However, a Pentagon official close to the situation told VOA Friday, “we don’t know who did it.”

The attack affected about 4,000 military and civilian personnel. NBC, quoting unnamed sources, said no classified information was seized or compromised.

The hack was quickly caught and resulted in little damage, according to Truman National Security Fellow Bob Stasio.

“The Obama administration since 2008 has really invested in cyber,” Stasio, a former cyber officer for the National Security Agency said. “It looks like the investments are paying off.”

He said Russia has a high ability to steal government secrets, but China is the larger overall threat to U.S. cyber security because it uses “national security resources to go after [the U.S.] economic sector.”

U.S. officials recently confirmed that about 21 million U.S. government employees, contractors and others had personal information compromised in two other cyber attacks suspected to have originated in China.

美官员:对军方电邮系统袭击看似有国家支持

- 美国之音,2015年8月8日

美国一名国防官员告诉美国之音说,对五角大楼参谋长联席会议电子邮件网络的黑客袭击带有“国家支持的攻击的所有特征。”

这起袭击时7月25号发生的,导致电邮网络关闭,至今仍未恢复。

五角大楼发言人戴维斯上校星期五对记者表示,国防部为了应对这一网络入侵采取了“最为保险”的做法,就是“关闭整个系统,以便作出必要的修复。”

包括全国广播公司在内的一些美国媒体报道说,侵入电邮系统的黑客袭击来自俄罗斯。媒体援引的是未透露姓名的五角大楼官员的说法。

但是一名熟悉这一情况的五角大楼官员星期五对美国之音表示,“我们不知道是谁干的。”

这次网络攻击影响到大约4000名军人和文职人员。国家广播公司援引未透露姓名的消息来源的话说,没有机密信息被盗走或泄漏,

美国官员最近确认,在两起被怀疑是来自中国的网络攻击中有大约2100万美国政府雇员、合同工和其他人的个人信息被泄漏。