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Commerce Department Attacked by Hackers from China

Posted by Author on October 8, 2006

By Alan Sipress, Washington Post, October 6, 2006-

Hackers operating through Chinese Internet servers have launched a debilitating attack on the computer system of a sensitive Commerce Department bureau, forcing it to replace hundreds of workstations and block employees from regular use of the Internet for more than a month, Commerce officials said yesterday.

The attack targeted the computers of the Bureau of Industry and Security, which is responsible for controlling U.S. exports of commodities, software and technology having both commercial and military uses. The bureau has stepped up its activity in regulating trade with China in recent years as the United States increased its exports of such dual-use items to the growing Chinese market.

This marked the second time in recent months that U.S. officials confirmed that a major attack traced to China had succeeded in penetrating government computers.

“Through established security procedures, BIS discovered a targeted effort to gain access to BIS user accounts,” said Commerce Department spokesman Richard Mills. “We have no evidence that BIS data has been lost or compromised.”

The significance of the attacks was underscored in a series of e-mails sent to BIS employees by acting Undersecretary of Commerce Mark Foulon since July, informing them of “a number of serious threats to the integrity of our systems and data.” In an August e-mail, Foulon reported that the bureau had “identified several successful attempts to attack unattended BIS workstations during the overnight hours.” Then, early last month, he wrote: “It has become clear that Internet access in itself is a vulnerability that we cannot mitigate. We have tried incremental steps and they have proven insufficient.” ( more from Washington Post report )

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