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What Gov't Agency Has Been Added to Hackers' Hit List Now?


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There has been a slew of reported hackings of notable websites lately and a federal government agency has been added to the list.

First, it was the New York Times, then the Wall Street Journal, then the Washington Post and now the Department of Energy has announced it was hacked in January.

A letter to DOE employees obtained by Reuters stated the hack "resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information" but no classified data was compromised.

DOE stated in the letter it was increasing monitoring and using additional tools to protect sensitive information in light of the recent attack, Reuters reported.

The DOE didn't speculate who the attackers might be. The recently announced attacks of the Times, Journal and Post were attributed to Chinese hackers.

At the same time, Anonymous has claimed that it again hacked another government website (to name a few it has infiltrated the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and in the past), posting the supposed information of more than 4,000 bank executives.

The attack by Anonymous is part of its Operation Last Resort, which according to ZDNet is part of its campaign for U.S. computer crime law reform prompted by the suicide of Reddit co-founder Adam Swartz.

The spreadsheet published on the website contained login information and credentials, IP addresses and contact information, according to ZDNet. Anonymous posted the following about the hack on Twitter:


The link on the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center remains offline Tuesday, as does its main page.

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder was supposed to answer questions from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about Swartz's prosecution. At 6 p.m. last night, Anonymous on Twitter noted the clock for meeting the deadline answering these questions was ticking.

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