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White House computers subject of cyber attacks

The White House in Washington, D.C.
The White House in Washington, D.C. McClatchy

The White House is confirming that its computers were the subject of a persistent cyber-attack, but won’t say whether the perpetrator is Russia, as some cyber security experts suspect.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the White House had detected “some activity of concern” on the White House network and that there’s an ongoing effort to evaluate it and mitigate the risk.

He declined to divulge any details of the investigation or who the White House suspected, calling it “unwise” to discuss what it had learned.

But, he added, “There are many people around the world who would love to gain greater insight into the activities of the United States government by collecting information from the White House network.”

He said the White House network is subject to daily efforts to infiltrate it and that the attacks had not seriously damaged any work.

“While we have been aware of these activities for some time, it has not affected the ability -- aside from some inconveniences, it has not affected the ability of White House staffers and others who use the White House network to carry out the important work that's done here on a daily basis,” he said.

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