Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed

The White House is seen with the Washington Monument behind it and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington
The White House is seen with the Washington Monument (L) behind it and the Jefferson Memorial (R) in Washington, May 1, 2011.
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Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official disclosed on Tuesday.

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Perilous Times

“This know also, that in the last days perilousStrongs 5467: chalepos, khal-ep-os’; perhaps from 5465 through the idea of reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or (by implication) furious:—fierce, perilous. times shall come.”
—2 Timothy 3:1-2a

Editors note about the word perilousFYI: The Greek word (chalepos) (perilous) is only used one other time in the New Testament, Matthew 8:28. There it is translated as (fierce) when describing the nature of the devils that possess Legion and his cohort.

Spiritual Wickedness

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalitiesStrongs 746: arche, ar-khay´; from 756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank): — beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule., against powersStrongs 1849: exousia, ex-oo-see´-ah; from 1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: — authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength., against the rulersStrongs 2888: kosmokrator, kos-mok-fat´-ore; from 2889 and 2902; a world-ruler, an epithet of Satan: — ruler. of the darknessStrongs 4655: skotos, skot´-os; from the base of 4639; shadiness, i.e. obscurity (literally or figuratively): — darkness. of this worldStrongs 165: aion, ahee-ohn´; from the same as 104; properly, an age; by extension, perpetuity (also past); by implication, the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): — age, course, eternal, (for) ever(-more), (n-)ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end). Compare 5550.
Strongs 5550: chronos, khron´-os; of uncertain derivation; a space of time (in general, and thus properly distinguished from 2540, which designates a fixed or special occasion; and from 165, which denotes a particular period) or interval; by extension, an individual opportunity; by implication, delay: — + years old, season, space, (x often-)time(-s), (a) while.
, against spiritualStrongs 4152: pneumatikos, pnyoo-mat-ik-os´; from 4151; non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious: — spiritual. Compare 5591. wickednessStrongs 4189: poneria, pon-ay-ree´-ah; from 4190; depravity, i.e. (specially), malice; plural (concretely) plots, sins: — iniquity, wickedness. in highStrongs 2032: epouranios, ep-oo-ran´-ee-os; from 1909 and 3772; above the sky: — celestial, (in) heaven(-ly), high. places.”
—Ephesians 6:12

ITD Editors Note

The word perilous: the Greek word (chalepos) (perilous) is only used one other time in the New Testament, Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. Matthew 8:28. There it is translated as (fierce) when describing the nature of the devils that possessed Legion and his cohort.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not say who might have been responsible for the activity on what was described as an unclassified computer network used by employees of the Executive Office of the President.

The Washington Post cited sources as saying hackers believed to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified computer network in recent weeks.

“In the course of assessing recent threats we identified activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network. Any such activity is something that we take very seriously. In this case we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity,” the White House official said.

The official said the technical measures to address the activity had led to limited access to some EOP network services. Some of the issues have been resolved, but the work continues.

“Our actions are ongoing and some of our actions have resulted in temporary outages and loss of connectivity for some EOP users,” the official said.

A second administration official told Reuters there were no indications that classified networks had been affected.

The White House, like many government entities in Washington, frequently faces cyber threats.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler, Peter Cooney and Lisa Shumaker)

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