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Pentagon e-mail system broken into


SecurityAccording to BBC News, a hacker has managed to penetrate one of the e-mail systems in the Pentagon. Because of that, up to 1,500 accounts were taken off-line as a precaution.

US Secretary of defense Robert Gates, speaking at a news briefing, said that the penetrated system was an unclassified one that does not contain information related to military operations.

Gates says that the Defense Department gets "perhaps hundreds of attacks a day."

You can read more here:

Cyber attack on Pentagon e-mail (BBC News)

Hacker breaks into Pentagon email system (The Register)

Pentagon e-mail taken down by hackers (Ars Technica)

Apparently, in various reports, when pressed further about whether his own e-mail was disrupted by the security breach, Gates explained that he is a "low-tech person" and doesn't personally "do e-mail."

Astounding indeed. Do you have any management or senior-level personnel in your company who do not use e-mail? Join the discussion.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

16 comments
TheAngelsOfMicrosoft
TheAngelsOfMicrosoft

What is the method or analysis used to trace or identify attacks on a wireless network ? I'm new. But I'm certified at getting hacked. What does the Pentagon do once the attacker is identified ?! Thanks

crazijoe
crazijoe

"US Secretary of defense Robert Gates, speaking at a news briefing, said that the penetrated system was an unclassified one that does not contain information related to military." That's what they want you to hear.

michael.tindall
michael.tindall

Or, it could be decoy system....a honeypot, basically.

Mike_th
Mike_th

It is not as surprising that the system was hacked as that it was made public. The Pentagon is probably one of the top targets around, not only for the information, but for those looking to increase their Ego. As for Defense Secretary Gates not using email, may actually be an easy way for a "low-tech person" to deal with the secruity requirements of his position.

paulmah
paulmah

Do you have any management or senior-level personnel in your company who do not use e-mail?

dobbinsm
dobbinsm

What I want to know is which Major, Colonel, Sgt, Private, Representitive, Congress person,Mayor or Party they are going to blame it on. I Know!!! It's the President's fault because he won't take our troops out of Irac!! Sounds good doesn't it? Why don't they have professional hackers on staff to prevent this?

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

I quit my public sector job for just such a reason.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

They NEVER complete projects on time They NEVER get equipment on time due to their confusing procurement process They NEVER hire competent people to do the jobs They NEVER have an answer as to why the systems crashed They NEVER explain the reasons behind why they are running 30 year old legacy systems that are constantly crashing

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

Once again the government has failed to meet the excedingly low standards I have set for them

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Just a prelude to what IT will look like when the low paid H1Bs' overrun the technology sector here, if it hasn't happened already. The US gov't is one of the biggest sponsors and supporters of H1Bs'. They get exactly that which they pay for.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

"What is the difference between a sub and a function" GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Sounds like a bunch of chimps trying to assemble a car...LOL!

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

H1B-Force comes in, can't write a LINE of code... the team of 4 is doing less work than 1 full-time employee, they can't figure a bloody thing out, and eventually resort to cutting and pasting existing code that worked... but not well.

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

For starters, here's a good one that was relayed to me by a friend: A team of H1B programmers basically locked out the company's developers from running their code because they were using all available processor cycles and threads on the mainframe. When an internal investigation was conducted, it was found that the H1Bs' were using the mainframe to compile and run code for a 3rd party client that had nothing to do with the company that was immediately allowing them to use the mainframe. This is gross abuse and violation of corporate policy and resources.

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

the H1B-force all but destroyed my previous employer. Too bad, so sad.

hakim_al
hakim_al

it is clear that it is not true !