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Hackers Hit State Department

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:15 pm
by AcidTone
Hackers have once again targeted the government, forcing the U.S. Department of State to scramble to ensure its data is protected.

Large-scale computer break-ins have occurred over the past several weeks, according to published reports, but the department is confident no sensitive data has been compromised, spokesperson Edgar Vasquez told TechNewsWorld.

The department's headquarters and offices dealing with China and North Korea were the main targets of this incident, according to press accounts, but Vasquez termed that speculation and said the investigation is continuing.

"We're confident in the case of this incident -- and others like it -- that we've safeguarded both the department's and our employees' personal data from those who would attempt to steal it," Vasquez said. "Despite our confidence that our system has not been compromised, we're taking extra steps, such as changing passwords and modifying certain administrative procedures, to provide extra measures of security."
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