Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chinese Hackers Breach NOAA (eSecurity Planet)

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was breached
in late September 2014 by hackers from China, the Washington Post reports.

While NOAA hasn't stated whether classified data was accessed, the Post
notes that data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and other
crucial uses may have been affected -- in late October, the Post reported
that some satellite data had been blocked "due to an apparent network

Still, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) told the Post that NOAA had confirmed to him
that China was responsible for the breach. "NOAA told me it was a hack and
it was China," Wolf said.

Good Harbor Security Risk Management principal Jacob Olcott told the Post
that these breaches are likely aimed at searching for ways into other, more
sensitive government systems.

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