Hackers claim break-in of U.S. Senate computers as CIA chief Panetta warns cyber attack could be ‘next Pearl Harbor’

June 14, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Daily Mail Online

A loosely aligned group of computer hackers calling themselves Lulz Security said they broke into the U.S. Senate’s computer network today.

There was no immediate comment by the Senate Sergeant at Arms Office, which oversees the chamber’s security.

Lulz Security, who have hacked into Sony’s website and the Public Broadcasting System, posted online a list of files that appear not to be sensitive but indicate the hackers had been into the Senate’s computer network.

The news came as CIA director Leon Panetta warned a large-scale cyber attack that could take down power, finance, security and governmental systems is a ‘real possibility’.

Stewart Baker, a former cyber official at the Department of Homeland Security, said of the hackers: ‘They certainly demonstrated that they were in and they found the file server.’

‘It’s not clear from the file names that there’s anything sensitive here. The hackers may have done the equivalent of burglarising the Senate and bragging because they managed to steal a bunch of souvenirs from the gift shop,’ said Baker, now a partner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP.

John Bumgarner, of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, said the break-in would cause red faces at the Senate.

‘They’re all valid directories,’ he said after looking at data posted online.

‘It’s very embarrassing that this happened that this was a government site that belonged to the Senate and was compromised.

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