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  • The White House Hack: The Impact of Chinese Cyber Attacks

    The White House Hack: The Impact of Chinese Cyber Attacks

    In November 2008, Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer network of the White House and obtained emails between senior government officials, according to a senior US official. The cyber attackers were able to access the White House computer system for brief periods, allowing them enough time to steal information before US computer experts were able to…

  • Election Interference through Cyber Means: The 2008 US Presidential Campaign Hacks

    Election Interference through Cyber Means: The 2008 US Presidential Campaign Hacks

    In the summer of 2008, both the Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns were targeted by unknown foreign intruders, who successfully hacked and downloaded the campaigns’ databases. The hacks were discovered by the campaigns’ IT staff, who noticed that large amounts of data were being exfiltrated from their systems. Further investigations revealed that the attackers had…

  • The Cost of Cyber Insecurity: The Secretary of Defense Email Incident

    The Cost of Cyber Insecurity: The Secretary of Defense Email Incident

    In June 2007, the Secretary of Defense’s unclassified email account was hacked by unknown foreign intruders as part of a larger series of attacks to access and exploit Department of Defense (DOD) networks. This incident was a significant security breach that raised concerns about the security of government networks and the potential impact of cyber…

  • The Impact of Cyber Attacks on National Economic Security: The 2007 Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Incident

    The Impact of Cyber Attacks on National Economic Security: The 2007 Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Incident

    In April 2007, the Department of Commerce had to take the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) networks offline for several months because its networks were hacked by unknown foreign intruders. The Bureau of Industry and Security is responsible for reviewing and enforcing regulations and laws that control the export of sensitive US technology and…

  • The Impact of Cyber Attacks on Military Technology: The 2007 Joint Strike Fighter Project

    The Impact of Cyber Attacks on Military Technology: The 2007 Joint Strike Fighter Project

    In 2007, Chinese hackers breached the Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project and stole data related to the F-35 fighter jet. The F-35 is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter, designed for ground-attack and air-superiority missions. The theft of data related to the F-35 fighter jet was a significant loss for the U.S.…

  • A Wake-Up Call for Cyber Defense: The 2006 NIPRNet Breach

    A Wake-Up Call for Cyber Defense: The 2006 NIPRNet Breach

    In August 2006, a senior Air Force officer publicly stated that China had successfully downloaded a significant amount of data from the Non-Classified IP Router Network (NIPRNet), an unclassified military computer network used by the United States Department of Defense. According to the officer, the cyber incident resulted in the theft of 10 to 20…

  • Titan Rain: The 2005 Cyber Attacks on the US Department of Defense

    Titan Rain: The 2005 Cyber Attacks on the US Department of Defense

    In 2005, a series of cyber attacks known as “Titan Rain” were carried out against the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and various defense contractors. The attacks, which are believed to have been carried out by Chinese hackers, targeted several key organizations within the DOD, including the Army Information Systems Engineering Command, the Defense…

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