Virus Invades U.S. Marshals And FBI Systems

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News Posted: Mon, May 25 2009 10:52 AM

No wonder the Pentagon is bracing for all manners of cyber warfare. Late last week, officials reported that the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service saw some of their computers "shut down" after a virus attack overwhelmed them. Reportedly, the virus stemmed from an invasion at the Marshals Service, with an FBI spokesperson noting that it was just one of several agencies "facing similar issues."

Technicians disconnected the Marshals system from the Justice Department's computer system in order to proactively prevent any further spreading, though Marshals spokesman Nikki Credic insisted that "at no time was data compromised by the virus." She also stated that the origin of the bug and its type were still undetermined, though we find that just a wee bit hard to believe.

All in all, it seems the U.S. Government is remaining mum on the subject, presumably in order to handle things internally and keep it away from the public's view. What's clear from all of this is that even our most trusted backbones aren't totally immune to attacks, though we're quite glad to hear that measures were in place to stop the damage early on and prevent any sort of data tampering.

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kid007 replied on Mon, May 25 2009 10:56 PM

say no to porn, that what happens. "All in all, it seems the U.S. Government is remaining mum on the subject" that sounds like a statement from a movie from michael bay

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rapid1 replied on Mon, May 25 2009 11:14 PM

It seems to me the Us Government, specifically pentagon, FBI, Marshal's and any other part of the government security wise needs to wake up. The world has changed the most important and therefore valuable thing in the information age is information. In many ways they have shied away and stayed back from technology. If this is the information age and value is now figured by information and its transmission, wouldn't that also be the avenue attacked. Like the stuff with Sarah Palin getting her email hacked because she was using Yahoo mail. A kindergartner could figure out how to hack yahoo email. But the fact here is if someone wanted to attack the government or the US for that matter what do you do? You shut down the information. All the information! Either way government computers have full privileges on the US network. Therefore if you wanted to attack it you start at the top. Going down from the top would be almost automatic. That includes every bank, every energy distribution avenue gas electric or any other, and every phone-cell-WAN and any other network down from the government. In the midevil ages they killed you or took your land, in the industrial age they tried to hurt your GNP, in the information age they turn off your phone and internet and you are left helpless.

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