U.S. DOE: We Got Hacked
February 5, 2013 3:56 PM
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Attacker was not revealed, agency promises to beef up security
U.S. federal law does not require government agencies to reveal if they've been hacked -- even if confidential information is lost -- unless personal information is stolen in a breach. Unfortunately for the
U.S. Department of Energy
, personal information was indeed lost on a recent hack on its systems from an unknown assailant.
In a letter to employees
and other news agencies, the DOE writes, "[The attack] resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information. Based on the findings of this investigation, no classified data was compromised."
The attack occurred in mid-January. It is unclear whether the attack was on the DOE headquarters, or on a sub-agency, such as the
Energy Information Administration
, which publishes data that helps keep oil, gas and electricity markets stable. Also unclear is the identity of the hackers. Many attacks on government facilities have
come from China
in recent years, however, domestic hackers also frequently have a bone to pick with the government.
The DOE, which handles classified information on nuclear safety and the energy markets, has been one of the many government agencies to be
criticized for weak security
in recent years. In a shocking 2006 incident, a methamphetamine lab was found to have memory sticks containing classified documents from
Los Alamos National Lab
, a top nuclear research facility. It was unclear how the drug manufacturers got their hands on the sensitive files.
The U.S. Department of Energy was hacked last month. [Image Source: WhiteHouse.gov]
In its letter the DOE promised to tighten security. It said it was deploying new tools both to protect assets on its servers and to monitor activity for signs of trouble.
The DOE is currently in a leadership transition period, with Energy Secretary Steven Chu
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Please hack them to death and take our money back
2/10/2013 9:56:24 AM
Anything the DOE does is against americans and just wasted money.
Start DRILLING and we'll get our economy back. The DOE needs to die as they only get in the way of good business these days. They are an absolute waste of American money, and are merely robbing us blind for their own endeavors. Climatology anyone?...LOL
I pray daily for the DOE to get shut down ;) And I don't pray much. :) Same for the DHS. IF it wasn't for the DOE and Obama gas would be $1.84 like bush years. It's double because they block drilling at ever turn, block pipelines etc. STOP! Drill on our own land, instead of paying exorbitant prices to Brazil/Opec etc.
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