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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Wed Feb 18 2009 - 02:24:36 CST
By Peter Eisler
WASHINGTON - Reported cyberattacks on U.S. government computer networks
climbed 40% last year, federal records show, and more infiltrators are
trying to plant malicious software they could use to control or steal
Federally tracked accounts of unauthorized access to government
computers and installations of hostile programs rose from a combined
3,928 incidents in 2007 to 5,488 in 2008, based on data provided to USA
TODAY by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).
"Government systems are under constant attack," says Joel Brenner,
counterintelligence chief in the Office of the Director of National
Intelligence. "We're seeing … a dramatic, consistent increase in cyber
crime (and) intelligence activities."
The government does not publicly detail the number or types of attacks
that succeed. A commission of government officials and private experts
reported in December that the departments of Defense, State, Homeland
Security and Commerce all have suffered "major intrusions" in which
sensitive data were stolen or compromised.
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