Government Computer Systems Breach

Although somewhat long reading (all three news stories are ~1100 words NOT counting alot of relevant comments) I believe that this ought to have at the least somewhat wider distribution….

From NextGov:

The FBI memo, Reuters reports, was meant to call for aministrators to clean up the mess left behind by Lauri Love, a 28-year-old British man arrested at the end of October for stealing employee personal information from the government. Love was accused of working with a team of hackers to leave malware in networks for the U.S. Army, NASA and the Missile Command Agency, among others, that gave them “back door” access to networks and allowed them to come and go as they pleased.

From the Atlantic Wire:

Hackers associated with Anonymous launched a year-long campaign to break into multiple government agency networks and steal the personal information of over 100,000 employees, contractors and family members, according to a recently distributed memo obtained by Reuters.

The FBI memo, Reuters reports, was meant to call for administrators to clean up the mess allegedly left behind by Lauri Love, a 28-year-old British man arrested at the end of October for stealing employee personal information from the government.


From Reuters:

(Reuters) – Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week.

Investigators believe the attacks began when Love and others took advantage of a security flaw in Adobe’s ColdFusion software, which is used to build websites.

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David B. Grinberg

This is a timely topic, especially as the federal focus shifts more and more to cybersecurity as more of these breaches occur. Thanks for sharing this interesting info, Henry.

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