Monday, December 10, 2007

US Research Labs Compromised - Again

In yet more bad security news for US research laboratories, the Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee announced a series of computer intrusions:
"ORNL director, Thom Mason, described the attacks in an e-mail to staff earlier this week as being a "coordinated attempt to gain access to computer networks at numerous laboratories and other institutions across the country."
One of the other labs is believed to be Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico.

No motive or sources has been provided but considerations should be give to the types of targets and the "coordinated" nature of the intrusions. It remains to be seen if there was any political motivation to the computer attacks.
"The possibility that the latest attacks were the work of fraudsters will be seen by some as optimistic -- less positive would be the possibility of a rival government having been involved. Given the apparently coordinated nature of events, speculation will inevitably point to this scenario, with the data theft a cover motivation for more serious incursions."
Hackers launch major attack on U.S. military labs

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