Pentagon’s mail server hacked

25/06/2007 Written by Alberto Redi (Halfmoon)

 On June 21st, the Defence Sec­re­tary Robert Gates con­firmed that the pre­vi­ous day the Pen­ta­gon suf­fered a dig­i­tal intru­sion into a US Defence Depart­ment mail server, prompt­ing author­i­ties to take 1500computers offline.


Gates declared that “Ele­ments of the OSD (Office of the Sec­re­tary of Defense) unclas­si­fied email sys­tem were taken offline yes­ter­day after­noon due to a detected pen­e­tra­tion,” also adding that “A vari­ety of pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures are being taken. We expect the sys­tem to be online again very soon.”

Accord­ing to Heise secu­rity, the Pen­ta­gon spokesman assured that all the infor­ma­tion con­tained into the jeop­ar­dized mail server were not con­fi­den­tial, and he pointed out that Pentagon’s secu­rity sys­tem can count on a large amount of pro­tec­tions in order to guar­an­tee that oper­a­tions and mis­sions will not be endan­gered.

Mr. Gates also said that the Pen­ta­gon is con­stantly under attacks and he could not explain why this spe­cific attempt had been so effec­tive. A for­mal inves­ti­ga­tion has been opened upon this case.


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