More US military research companies hit by cyber attacks

More cyber attacks recently caused two US military research labs and a military contractor to shut down their web sites. Reuters reports that last Friday, attacks from unnamed sources hit the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state and the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Virginia. In addition a defense contractor, Battelle Corp, was also affected. The three companies shut down their Internet access once the cyber attacks were discovered. The two research labs have yet to restore their external web sites, according to the story.

A spokesperson for one of the research labs, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, stated that no classified info was exposed as a result of the cyber attacks. The story does not have any comments from the other two companies. Last May it was revealed that military contractor Lockheed Martin got hit with a cyber attack on their servers. The company said at the time that no info on the servers was exposed.

As more and more cyber attacks on businesses and government web sites are discovered, the government is trying harder to fight them off, especially since these attacks could be considered acts of war if they are supported by other governments. Recently the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (better known as DARPA) announced plans to fund and create a simulated version of the Internet. The purpose of this project, called the National Cyber Range, is to use the simulation to help fight off both domestic and international cyber attacks. The project is expected to start operations in mid-2012.

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daniel_rh said,
Well, the hacking thing is officially out of control

i think that happened when the cia's website was DDoS'ed

daniel_rh said,
Well, the hacking thing is officially out of control

No it's not out of control, I think it's rather in control, the hackers know which companies/governments that's easiest to target, therefore slapping them in the face for having such poor security, why would you trust ANYTHING on the internet knowing something as big as your own government cannot protect themselves against some simple SQL injectors or security holes. Just goes to show why the internet is such a dangerous place, and people put too much faith into something that isn't owned by anyone.

etempest said,

Anon, generally speaking, would boast / admit to it.
I would suspect other governments to be honest.

They don't have to admit to everything they do.

As my comment states on the third post, it goes to show how poor security that this unclaimed internet really is. If people can put all their faith into some knock off and cheap companies that cannot afford to do basic encryption on people's information, then it's like saying the internet is basically now becoming a form of talking to strangers. I.E. Walking up to someone and telling them your address. Just goes to show how dangerous the internet is, and how badly someone needs to work a method of having a securer network infrastructure, not like this will happen, because everyone is too caught up in competing with each other.

I've got a better idea that will cost NOTHING: just disconnect anything secret and anything critical from the internet. E.g. power plants, secret service documents and so on. I don't know whose bright idea it was to connect this stuff to the net in the first place but they were clearly pretty stupid.

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