Computer hackers broke into the network of the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, but no data was stolen, according to multiple reports.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that hackers linked to China’s government broke into the network that hosts strategic nuclear commands along with other sensitive data. According to the publication, U.S. officials familiar with the incident said it took place earlier in September where unidentified hackers believed to be using computer servers in China breached the network.
The hackers used a spear phishing attack, using disguised emails to gain access, the report said.
An unnamed White House official told Politico on Monday the attack did occur, but said it came on an unclassified network and there was no evidence that any data had been stolen.
None of the White House’s secure, classified computer systems were affected, said the official.