Homeland Security Battered by Hackers
Michael Hoffman & Kristopher Kubicki
June 22, 2007 7:43 AM
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The Department of Homeland Security continues to have major security issues
A group of hackers successfully penetrated Department of Homeland Security computer systems over a series of hundreds of attacks, according to a congressional panel. Congress admitted the branch suffered at least 844 hacker break-ins, virus and trojan outbreaks and other security issues over a period of two years -- many of which resulted in rootkits, backdoors and key loggers.
"It was a shock and a disappointment to learn that the Department of Homeland Security -- the agency charged with being the lead in our national cybersecurity -- has suffered so many significant security problems on its networks," said Representative James Langevin during the hearing.
Homeland Security CIO Scott Charbo sat on the hot seat while trying to defend his job during last week's panel. Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., claimed the reoccurring computer issues are a serious problem which must be fixed as soon as possible.
Charbo told Congress the department planned to spend as much as $332 million on computer security throughout 2007.
Computers used by the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also were identified as infected. In perhaps the most egregious offense, the TSA lost a hard drive containing sensitive information of
its employee database
Scarbo promises the department is working to limit future computer security problems. Scarbo's largest plan, dubbed OneNet, consolidates all of the wide-area and virtual-private networks currently in use. The consolidation will eliminate the spaghetti infrastructure currently used for some of America's most sensitive civil data.
Other major amalgamations will follow OneNet, including database and email centralizations. Scarbo claims that in 2007 alone, the department corrected 7,000 security weaknesses in its infrastructure.
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Great... more consolidation
6/22/2007 2:26:30 PM
"Scarbo promises the department is working to limit future computer security problems. Scarbo's largest plan, dubbed OneNet, consolidates all of the wide-area and virtual-private networks currently in use. The consolidation will eliminate the spaghetti infrastructure currently used for some of America's most sensitive civil data."
DHS dictated that all it's sub agencies would move to MS Windows based systems from a diverse set. THEN it's security went to hell.
Now to fix this it is dictating further consolidation.
Sounds to me like, "Take a this poison and you'll feel better. Oh, you feel worse? Here, take more of the poison. Trust me, you'll feel better!"
RE: Great... more consolidation
6/25/2007 12:40:59 AM
Sounds like a great plan:
ONENET to connect them all.
Response: One hack to own them all.
Much simpler than attacking different networks using different techniques; once you're in, you're in.
And what a great botnet those systems would make. If targetted at say Syria or North Korea, I think those countries would be very upset about the US cyber-attacking them.
Of course I wouldn't like to be the hacker guys when the feds come knocking on their door; they will likely ship you to Guantanamo. And while such resources are expended catching the hackers, the real terrorists roam free.
Seriously given the way the USA is hated in some parts of the world, and DHS represents its borders, it's hardly surprising that Al-Quaida and wannabe cyber terrorists will throw every script kiddie's arsenal at DHS systems.
They should anticipate this and be prepared. However there is no way it should cost a third of a billion dollars to do so.
If it wasn't for government waste, we could have a moonbase by now.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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