“Major cyber incident” at U.S. Department of Energy — ‘Hackers’ to target nuclear?

Published: February 4th, 2013 at 10:31 pm ET


Title: Cyber Breach
Source: Washington Free Beacon
Author: Bill Gertz
Date: February 4, 2013 5:00 am

Computer networks at the Energy Department were attacked by sophisticated hackers in a major cyber incident two weeks ago and personal information on several hundred employees was compromised by the intruders.

Energy Department officials, along with FBI agents, are investigating the attack on servers at the Washington headquarters. They believe the sophisticated penetration attack was not limited to stealing personal information. There are indications the attackers had other motives, possibly including plans to gain future access to classified and other sensitive information. […]

Ed McCallum, who spent 10 years as the Department of Energy’s Office of Safeguards and Security, said the latest security breach highlights decades of poor security at the department. […]

The department “is on the cutting edge of some of the most sophisticated military and intelligence technology the country owns and it is being treated frivolously by the Department of Energy and its political masters,” McCallum said. […]

Title: Department of Energy Hacked, No Classified Information Stolen
Source: Wall St. Journal
Author: Rachael King
Date: February 4, 2013, 5:42 PM ET

[…] One concern with the recent breach is that hackers may want to use the compromised employee data to target the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy that manages the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, among other efforts. […]

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Published: February 4th, 2013 at 10:31 pm ET


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14 comments to “Major cyber incident” at U.S. Department of Energy — ‘Hackers’ to target nuclear?

  • gr81 gr81

    Probably another false flag by the present administration of corruption, attempting to get support for government control of the internet.

  • kez

    Cyberwar is a serious reality.

    From petty theft to grand theft attacks on banks and credit card information … to the deadly intent of compromising weapons and power grids these guys (including the US) mean business. It works both ways just like having nukes as a mutually assured deterance.

    Spy sats and drones are slow compared to a computer worm and that makes it scary and an ever more urgent tactical offense and defense.

    Fortunately and to the posters above … Big Foot and the Illuminati are not such a high priority.

  • markww markww

    What everyone does not realize is MOST of the computers the government use are not even protected by good house keeping nor have antivirus or they do not update and keep their machines current as to back ups, program fixes and every day housekeeping. Which has to be done. Some government systems might be totally open to the environment


  • CB CB

    So what should the folks do? Maybe pull out their pre-planned responses in case of an emergency. Notify the public of fall out shelters, evacuation routes, wind direction, and how to shelter in place. Maybe bring back the drills in schools, and educate the young on the very real threat that we face.

    Or wait until it happens and do nothing but lie.

  • irhologram

    Mark, I'm usually in your corner. But the grid is NOT Internet connected. Yes, it can be hacked. NO it is not part of normal access. Can stuxnet (sp) or other virus, reach it? Well, sure, if its as sophisticated as the originator of that (some say U.S. govt. released) virus. Understand! Nuclear facilities are on a closed chain server.

  • kez

    Here is the full DOE statement: Employee Notification The Department of Energy (DOE) has just confirmed a recent cyber incident that occurred in mid-January which targeted the Headquarters' network and resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information (PII).


    DOE notifying employees affected by cyber but no word yet on Oak Ridge Mike Koentop, a Department of Energy spokesman in Oak Ridge, said the federal agency is in the process of notifying employees whose personal identifying information may have been exposed by a cyber security incident last month. "But we can't say specifically if any Oak Ridge employees are among those affected," Koentop said in an email response to questions.


  • kez

    6 Reasons Hackers Would Want Energy Department Data

    Posted on Wednesday Feb 6th at 2:00pm
    Why would hackers target the Department of Energy (DOE)? The obvious answer is to steal nuclear secrets, since the agency's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) department is in charge of managing and safeguarding the country's nuclear arsenal. According to security experts, the agency's laboratories, where the most sensitive work takes place, have long been targeted by attackers.


  • kez

    THREAT LEVEL BY KIM ZETTER 02.06.13 Vulnerability Lets Hackers Control Building Locks, Electricity, Elevators and More


    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Uh Oh I smell another false flag coming. Our concerned authorities will have to shut down the internet to save of from the evil doers.

      Why don't they just review the quadrillion data bytes of information stored about every little thing every person on the planet does on the net, and they can figure out where it is coming from.

      BTW, the US hacks more computers world wide than anyone.

      We all need to use critical thinking when we read an "article" because as we have seen with Fukushima, people lie through their teeth.