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US DOE Department of Energy Hacked

Feb 05, 2013
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It was a matter of time when infrastructure became prime targets in cyberattacks. The US Department of Energy was no exception to the rule, which was hit hard by the theft of employees and contractors personal data. Unfortunately, their stolen information can now possibly be used by criminals or foreign intelligence services for illicit purposes. Hundreds of employees were notified by e-mail Friday explaining the cyberattack and that they would provide the necessary tools to help fix the issue. However, they confirmed that no classified records were compromised and are working closely with federal authorities to investigate.

Authorities feel this is no single attack and believe, although not confirmed, the Chinese could be behind it, due to the recent attacks on The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

The Chinese have since denied any involvement in the attack on the US Department of Energy.

The Department of Energy is the motherboard to most of the country’s infrastructure. They run departments on energy production, nuclear reactor production, and radioactive waste disposal. The head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano believes a wave of cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure is a serious possibility. She warned that cyberterrorists could take  the nation’s water infrastructure, power grids,  transportation & financial networks hostage, causing mayhem.

 

Rachel Gilliland

Toronto Professional Services Team

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