Hackers break into Senate computers

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:32pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Sergeant at Arms Office confirmed on Monday that the Senate's website had been hacked this past weekend and that it has ordered a review of all Senate computer sites.

"Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate's network, its members or staff," a Sergeant at Arms Office official said. "Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate.gov that could have been compromised."

The revelation came after a loosely aligned group of computer hackers calling themselves Lulz Security said they broke into the Senate's computer network.

Lulz Security, who have hacked into Sony's website and the Public Broadcasting System, posted online a list of files that appear not to be sensitive but indicate the hackers had been into the Senate's computer network.

"We don't like the U.S. government very much," Lulz Security said at the top of their release. "This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov - is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?"

The comment refers to reports that the military had decided that it could respond to cyber attacks from foreign countries with traditional military force.

Senate staffers asked about the hack were unaware of it.

"They (Lulz) certainly demonstrated that they were in and they found the file server," said Stewart Baker, a former cyber official at the Department of Homeland Security.

(Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (10)
EN3 wrote:
If they publish the senate’s emails like they are doing with Sarah Palin that would be interesting.

Jun 13, 2011 5:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
Hackers think of this whole thing as a Sport . . . , a Hobby that they will devote untold hours for that “thrill of victory”.

It will only get worse, until a bunch are arrested, and thrown into federal prison for 25 years or so. Until then, it will still be just a big game to them. Maybe we could get North Korea to incarcerate them for us, for a little foreign aid assitance.

Jun 13, 2011 6:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wintdkyo wrote:
One problem with this news. The term “hacking” is too vague. Is it malware? Is it a Trojan? Is it a DDOS? Is it some database injection attack?

We need more specifics.

Jun 13, 2011 7:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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