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Cyber attack on Pentagon e-mail

Discussion in 'Email' started by gkd_uk, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    A hacker has managed to penetrate one of the Pentagon's e-mail systems, leading officials to take up to 1,500 accounts offline.
    The email system did not contain classified information relating to military operations, a spokesman said.

    The Pentagon says it rebuffs hundreds of attempted attacks on its computer systems each day.

    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that a "variety of precautionary measures" were being taken.

    "Elements of the... unclassified email system were taken offline yesterday afternoon due to a detected penetration," Mr Gates said.

    He said it was expected that the system would be online again very soon.

    Few details were available about the exact nature of the attack.

    A Pentagon spokesman said attacks could come from a variety of sources including: "recreational hackers, self-styled cyber-vigilantes, various groups with nationalistic and ideological agendas, trans-national actors and nation-states."

    Officials would not say whether the hacker was able to read e-mails sent on the system.

    Asked if his own e-mail account was affected, Mr Gates said: "I don't do e-mail. I'm a low-tech person."

  2. Humous

    Humous New Member Webmaster

    What I don't understand is that in this story they say they employ agressive hacker detection, so how did Gary McKinnon manage to go wondering around US Military networks without getting detected?

    i can't remember the details of that case, might have been other departments.

  3. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    I think the safest network in the world is a LAN network that is not online :)

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