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The FAA is the latest large organization to suffer from a security breach

Hackers were able to illegally access employee records on a server used by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), forcing the agency to contact each individual possibly affected from the security breach, the FAA said in a statement.

"The FAA is moving quickly to prevent any similar incidents and has identified immediate steps as well as longer-term measures to further protect personal information," the FAA said in a statement.  "The agency is also providing a toll-free number and information on the employee web site for those who believe they may be affected by the breach."

It's unknown when the data breach took place and when the FAA first learned of it, but up to 45,000 people may have had their personal information compromised.  Although there have been a number of data breaches lately, there is higher scrutiny if a government agency is successfully accessed by hackers.

Two of the 48 files accessed by hackers contained personal information for employees and retirees, though the server was not connected to the operation of the air traffic control system or other FAA operation systems.  

Law enforcement authorities are now investigating the data theft, with full cooperation from the FAA.

Security and data theft will be two hot topics in 2009, as we're only in February and there have been several high-profile intrusions over the past few weeks.  Security maker Kaspersky had an intrusion on its web site, along with Kaiser Permanente, RBS WorldPay, and Heartland Payment Systems suffering from large data breaches.

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By excrucio on 2/10/2009 5:15:26 PM , Rating: 3
What on God's earth is a hacker hacking the FAA for?
let me guess. UFO contact?

am i am i right?

RE: what?
By Lerianis on 2/10/09, Rating: 0
RE: what?
By HeelyJoe on 2/10/2009 5:22:28 PM , Rating: 2
Right, because that way if they hack it they'll get ALL the names instead of a contained amount. It's foolproof.

RE: what?
By Cygni on 2/10/2009 5:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong agency.

RE: what?
By ccmfreak2 on 2/11/2009 8:54:52 AM , Rating: 2
Why would the FAA keep a static terrorist list? For multiple reasons, this list would be pulled dynamically from the FBI. It would be incredibly easy to be set up with a link directly into the FBI Terrorist Database - and a lot more accurate. You don't want a static list when crime happens every second, and get-aways occur within minutes of a crime. Bottom line, I doubt the FAA has a static list of terrorist/criminals on it's site. This is just rediculous.

If - by some horrible IT tech chance - this list is static, it MUST be updated regularly (hourly, daily, ect).

RE: what?
By ThisSpaceForRent on 2/10/2009 6:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
Probably a disgruntled pilot. My brother complains all this time, because they changed the laws after 9/11 to make most information about licensed pilots public information.

RE: what?
By taber on 2/10/2009 8:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
If it's not, I guess they'll be really pissed about how public the information is now.

By freeagle on 2/10/2009 5:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
These hacker attacks are quite frequent lately, don't you think? Or they are just getting more attention than before?

RE: Again
By chmilz on 2/10/2009 5:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
For all the security and convenience these systems are supposed to provide, they sure aren't secure, and make my daily disposal of any and all identifiable anything very inconvenient.

RE: Again
By ccmfreak2 on 2/11/2009 9:01:34 AM , Rating: 2
No system is hack-proof. If the hard drive is accessable in some way, shape, or form to an individual, it can be hacked. If there is just one way to get into the data (ie. the way it was programmed to be properly accessed), there is at least one way it can be hacked (impersonating a proper user/connection, or exploiting a hole that was unknown).

RE: Again
By A Stoner on 2/10/2009 5:33:49 PM , Rating: 1
The media does not have Bush to bash these days, so it has to find entertainment for us masses somewhere else. Since the media is largely made of lazy good for nothing libtards they are incapable of actually going out and doing real investigations (they were educated by libtarded teacher union teachers, hired by libtarded media outlets, and have libtarded views on the world, thus are incapable of any actual meaningful work), so they just sort through the wires and report something they think will get a reader's attention for three minutes or less.

RE: Again
By AvidDailyTechie on 2/11/2009 1:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the positive correlation between the education (or learnedness) and/or the intelligence of a group, and [um]
l I b t a r d [ed]

views is not causal, but, merely a coincidence.

Such sarcasm does not necessarily mean I am asserting the invalidation of your theory as definite, however, from my experience, it is exceedingly unlikely that the correlation is not casual.

RE: Again
By AvidDailyTechie on 2/11/2009 1:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
i.e. liberal logic > conservatie logic

where liberal logic is << reasonable logic

Both sides are bad--I disagree with them both; I simply think liberals are generally less irrational when it comes to philosophy and decision making.

RE: Again
By runholy on 2/10/2009 8:21:24 PM , Rating: 2
But what about...
By xmichaelx on 2/10/2009 6:14:25 PM , Rating: 5
I learned in the movies that a hacker's coordinates can be ascertained pretty much immediately, and then the FBI can swoop in (anywhere in the world!) and apprehend them.

So this shouldn't really be a problem.

RE: But what about...
By spread on 2/10/2009 10:06:49 PM , Rating: 2
Oh crap! You've got me.

I've got to hide this electric toaster oven I've been hacking the FAA with and remove all traces of cookies.

The picture above
By scrapsma54 on 2/11/2009 2:15:55 AM , Rating: 2
What movie is the picture from? Ive seen dt use a picture with that chick on multiple articles in reguards to hackers. Thanks in advance.

RE: The picture above
By ArsenHazzard on 2/11/2009 2:48:22 AM , Rating: 2
RE: The picture above
By fic2 on 2/11/2009 12:35:15 PM , Rating: 2
You might recognize her because she hangs out with Brad Pitt now....

By Ordr on 2/10/2009 5:39:15 PM , Rating: 5
Good to know that our medical records will soon be forced into similarly secure federal databases.

it was the CIP device!
By Freshgeardude on 2/10/2009 6:24:01 PM , Rating: 3
it was the CIP device stolen by Tony Almeida, used by Dubaku!

RE: it was the CIP device!
By shabby on 2/10/2009 10:08:58 PM , Rating: 2

By kattanna on 2/10/2009 5:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
the server was not connected to the operation of the air traffic control system or other FAA operation systems

and thats because the file server that was hacked is way too new to even be connected to the rest of the FAA computers.

one of the companies i worked for until recently was still supplying parts for their reel to reel voice recorders for recording the voice traffic between tower and plane.

Operating System
By ipay on 2/10/2009 7:35:47 PM , Rating: 2
What OS were these servers running?

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
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