On Thursday the Pentagon was hacked by someone interested in reading large quantities of spam.Â According to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, “Elements of the [Office of the Secretary of Defense’s] unclassified email system were taken offline yesterday afternoon due to a detected penetration.”Â I’m wondering if they always feel the penetration.
On June 20th a congressional panel disclosed that “hackers” penetrated the Department of Homeland Security, which in theory is the government agency responsible for providing security against cyber attacks.Â
“What does this mean? It means terrorists or nation states could be hacking Department of Homeland Security databases, changing or altering names to allow them access to this country, and we wouldn’t even know they were doing it,” says Democratic congressman James Langevin.
I have bad news for Dem. James Langevin, “hackers” aren’t terrorists, they are usually teenagers or twenty-year olds that are bored or interested in getting more hacker-cred among their virtual friends.Â When terrorists learn that computers can be used for hacking and not just throwing at people, the U.S. government’s computer networks might be in trouble.