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.


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.

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