Email vulnerability to hackers has many cyber security experts concerned. With the White house emails being hacked, along with the former Secretary of State’s in private servers, encrypted email system are too vulnerable to attack by sophisticated hackers who may be working for foreign powers.
Obama carries a specially secured BlackBerry device for top-secret communications. It appears so far to have proved safe from cyber spies. But with every hack comes some revelation of greater vulnerability. Information stored in unclassified folders and files through a network can lead to information treasure for the seeker.
But a report that last year’s breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system by Russian hackers went deeper than previously acknowledged has caused widespread alarm.
“This attack is a red flag that they really need to improve their security procedures. It’s quite serious,” said Kevin Mitnick, a former hacker who is now a computer security consultant.
While concern is merited to plug the wholes that allowed the breach, protocols are needing review. Any breach can have long term consequences to the integrity of a network system. The major concern is with the integrity of the unclassified system remaining protected. This also give rise to the concern regarding international government related cyber wars.