White House hit by sustained cyber attack

White House technicians recently detected suspicious activity on a computer network at the US presidential mansion, and have taken steps to resolve the issue, an official said Tuesday.

The White House – or the Executive Office of the President (EOP) – is routinely struck with cyber attacks, but the one revealed Tuesday had a more significant duration, affecting the system’s functionality for nearly two weeks.

“In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network,” the official said.

“Any such activity is something we take very seriously. In this case, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity.”

In the course of addressing the suspicious cyber activity, some White House users were temporarily disconnected from the network.

“Our computers and systems have not been damaged, though some elements of the unclassified network have been affected. The temporary outages and loss of connectivity for our users is solely the result of measures we have taken to defend our networks,” the official said.