“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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