In a rare move, the White House admitted it had received a cyber assault. Typically, the attacks are not acknowledged as the White House receives thousands every day.
The official who acknowledged it did not provide details into the size or who committed the attack. However, a report by the Washington Free Beacon has surfaced placing the attack at the feet of the Chinese.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to Chinese officials about U.S. frustrations with cyber attacks during his most recent trip across Asia.
The Beacon cites an unnamed official saying: "the cyber breach was one of Beijing's most brazen cyber attacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks."