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Recent data breaches involved an unclassified computer network used by President Obama's senior staff, prompting countermeasures by the administration and resulting in temporary system outages. Officials said the attack did not appear to be aimed at destruction of either data or hardware, or assuming control of other systems at the White House, which poses the question - what were the hackers looking for? Washington Post reports have disclosed cyber-espionage campaigns by hackers thought to be working for the Russian government. Targets have included NATO, the Ukrainian government and U.S. defense contractors. Russia is regarded by U.S. officials as being in the top-tier of states with cyber-capabilities. The Washington Post also reported the nature of this breach is consistent with a state-sponsored attack. Interestingly, FireEye developed a report supporting this ... (more)