Thursday, January 28, 2010

U.S. House Leaders Ask for Investigation Into Hackings

Nancy Gohring writes on PC World:

Two lawmakers criticized the Web services company that may have enabled the hacking of almost 50 government Web sites on Wednesday.

In a letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and U.S. Representative John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, asked the U.S. House of Representatives' Chief Administration Officer to immediately assess how hackers managed to deface the Web sites of nearly 50 house members and committees.

The attack seemed to predominantly target Democrats and occurred around the same time that President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address. The hackers removed the regular content on the sites, replacing it with rude comments toward the president.

Pelosi and Boehner referred to a previous request to the CAO to review and tighten cybersecurity on the sites. "However, last night's actions indicate that further review of security procedures are needed," the letter reads.

More here.


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