October 1, 2012

The White House has confirmed an attempted cyberattack on its computer systems, but says no harm was done, according to media reports.

“This was a spear phishing attack against an unclassified network,” said an Obama administration national security official who was not authorized to speak on the record about the attack.

The conservative website The Washington Free Beacon reported Sunday night that the Chinese government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks. Shortly after the article was published, according to various media reports, a White House official contacted several media outlets confirming that an attack had been identified, but adding assurances that the system was isolated to prevent any spread.

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