Tags: china | hacks | mccain | obama | campaigns

China Hacked Into Obama, McCain Campaigns

Image: China Hacked Into Obama, McCain Campaigns

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 08:26 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Hackers, who penetrated the 2008 presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and his GOP challenger Sen. John McCain, were not the work of a dirty tricks brigade, but rather sophisticated computer spies employed by the Chinese government.

Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals?

NBC’s “Nightly News” reported the revelation on Thursday’s broadcast, including the fact that the McCain campaign had been “spooked” by a surprising call from a top Chinese diplomat at the time about a letter McCain had written on a campaign computer to the new president of Taiwan.

“The problem was that letter had not yet been delivered,” reported NBC’s Michael Isikoff.

Meanwhile, in Chicago at then Sen. Obama’s campaign headquarters, a “phony” meeting agenda email had been circulated among top campaign staffers with a hidden computer virus.

Obama told reporters at the time: “Hackers gained access to emails and a range of campaign files from policy position papers to travel plans.”

While campaign officials were told that the security breaches originated from a foreign government, NBC reported on Thursday that U.S. intelligence had quickly traced the attacks back to China.

An elite military unit of Chinese hackers based in Shanghai — Unit 61398 of China's People’s Liberation Army — has been implicated in a series of more than 100 successful cyber-attacks against U.S. companies and the government over the past year. The list included The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

A computer security specialist told NBC that the campaign attack was intended to produce information over a sustained period.

“It was really designed to get in and to stay in and to get data and keep getting it,” said Alan Brill, whose firm, Krol Advisory Solutions, was hired by the Obama campaign to investigate the attacks.

“This is political cyber espionage by the Chinese government against the two political parties,” added Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence.

While Chinese officials deny any role in the cyber-attacks, the network reported that the topic is likely to be high on the agenda of President Obama’s visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Sunnylands, Calif.

The meeting will take place just one week after a government report revealed that Chinese hackers obtained designs for some of the U.S. military's top weapons.

In a letter to the president this past week, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said he wants Obama to warn Xi that Congress is mobilizing to take action, including readying legislation to impose "real costs on China" if hackers take proprietary information from businesses.

Investigation: China Secretly Stockpiling Gold

Levin co-authored a bill that would require the president to block imported goods that benefit from stolen American intellectual property or technology.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, has also said that he considers cyber-security to be a central issue for his committee.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Ex-Justice Stevens: Founders Did Not Want Individual Right to Arms

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 13:59 PM

Guns will likely never be banned in the United States, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says, even if the . . .

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: 'I Like Jeb Bush A Lot'

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 13:48 PM

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, says he can't say whether he would vote for Republican Jeb Bush for  . . .

Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell Pens 'Call to All' on Nevada Ranch Standoff

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 12:52 PM

A week after a tense standoff between gun-toting states' rights advocates and federal Bureau of Land Management police,  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved