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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Wed, 8th Jul '09 12:51 PM


They never mess with the IRS, but

"Cyberattacks Hit U.S. and South Korean Web Sites

Cyberattacks that have crippled the Web sites of several major American and South Korean government agencies since the July 4th holiday weekend appear to have been launched by a hostile group or government, South Korea’s main government spy agency said on Wednesday.

In an attack linked with the one in South Korea, 14 major Web sites in the United States — including those of the White House, the State Department and the New York Stock Exchange — came under similar attacks, according to anti-cyberterrorism police officers in Seoul.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday night that a widespread and unusually resilient computer attack that began July 4 knocked out the Web sites of several American government agencies, including some that are responsible for fighting cybercrime.

The Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation Department Web sites were all down at varying points over the holiday weekend and into this week, The A.P. reported, citing officials inside and outside the American government. The fact that the government Web sites were still being affected after three days signaled an unusually lengthy and sophisticated attack, the news agency reported, citing anonymous American officials.

The Washington Post, which also came under attack, reported on its Web site Wednesday that a total of 26 Web sites were targeted. In addition to sites run by government agencies, several commercial Web sites were also attacked, including those operated by Nasdaq, it reported, citing researchers involved in the investigation."


Do you ever wonder why these agencies are connected to the internet? Don't they have their own network or some way to network (and is that even really important?) that is in no way connected to anything someone could hack?

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Wed, 8th Jul '09 12:59 PM

Every persons information on the internet for any savvy hacker. Posting it by choice as in paying bills or signing up for a website is one thing, without your knowledge should be a crime.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Wed, 8th Jul '09 1:06 PM

Which is the question.

Can the IRS be hacked?

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21601)
Wed, 8th Jul '09 1:07 PM

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Wed, 8th Jul '09 1:19 PM

I think anything can be hacked with the right dedication.

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