The Pentagon got owned pretty hard with 1,500 accounts being taken offline due to a hack attack. For once however they did admit the incident and didn’t try to cover it over or brush it off.
I guess the amount of attacks they get is exponentially more than other networks…but still, I would have thought they should be super secure.
About 1,500 unclassified e-mail users at the Pentagon had their service disrupted yesterday when a hacker infiltrated the e-mail system, forcing the accounts to be taken offline.
In a briefing today with reporters in Washington at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates confirmed the incident and said that the users were disconnected from the system after the intrusion was discovered.
“The reality is that the Defense Department is constantly under attack,” Gates said during the briefing. “Elements of the [Office of the Secretary of Defense] unclassified e-mail system were taken offline yesterday afternoon, due to a detected penetration. A variety of precautionary measures are being taken. We expect the system to be online again very soon.”
The funny thing is the Secretary of Defense himself doesn’t even use e-mail…so I doubt he even noticed what had happened.
Hopefully the government will sharpen up it’s ideas.
Gates said that he was not sure why the 1,500 users were removed temporarily from the system. “Well, I don’t know the answer to that, and they’re still investigating it.”
Gates said he doesn’t use e-mail, so he didn’t know if his account was affected.
“I don’t do e-mail,” he said. “I’m a very low-tech person.”
A spokesman at the Department of Defense late this afternoon said he had no additional information about the incident.
This comes shortly after the GAO (Government Accountability Office) report slamming FBI Internal Security.
Source: Computer World