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#1 Hum

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 23:54

The Energy Department has been hit by a major cyber-attack, which resulted in the personal information of several hundred employees being compromised and could have been aimed at obtaining other sensitive information, The Washington Free Beacon reports.

FBI agents are investigating the attacks, which happened two weeks ago, at the Washington-based headquarters. Fourteen computer servers and 20 workstations reportedly were penetrated during the attack.

The Energy Department is in the process of notifying employees whose information was stolen. While no classified information was compromised, the Free Beacon reports there are indications the hackers could have been seeking access to such data. Chinese hackers may be suspects, as the department is a known target of Beijing -- according to the Free Beacon, the sophistication of the attack indicates the involvement of a foreign government.

The department includes the National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains nuclear weapons.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 00:43

No doubt they will be trying again real soon.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:19

Blame canada

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:18

Blame canada


Eh?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:48

china ... NOOOO they wouldn't do that

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:17

Did anyone else keep reading Free Bacon?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 15:27

Must be trying to get our inter-dimensional nuclear fission drawings.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 15:32

Blame canada

When did Canada get internet? :shiftyninja:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:21

^ Good one. :D

#10 Teebor

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:19

Why doesn't some hacker group go after these "Chinese Hacker groups"?

I mean it would be a challenge and for them to be prosecuted China would have to admit that they exist.

The hackers wouldn't even have to do it for whatever country they live in so it doesn't have to be patriotic. Just a challenge as these "Chinese hackers" are supposedly funded by their government if you believe all the stories