Dept. of Treasury websites hacked

Wednesday - 5/5/2010, 8:30am EDT

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  • And then there were four: U.S. Treasury websites belonging to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing have been hacked to attack visitors with malicious software. Visitors to the web domains, which provide information about U.S. currency, were redirected to a Ukrainian website that then launched a variety of web-based attacks. FCW reports the bureau began using a third-party cloud service provider to host the sites last year.In a statement about the incident, Treasury said "The hosting company used by BEP had an intrusion and as a result of that intrusion, numerous websites (BEP and non-BEP) were affected".

  • PC maker Dell is stepping forward to take a more visible roll in fighting cybercrime. Dell's CEO Michael Dell announced the company's membership in the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council, reports USAToday. The organization is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security to help shape technology-industry activities and protect U.S. infrastructure. It was announced in Dallas at the East West's Institute World Wide Security Summit, a meeting of government, corporate and civic leaders from the around the world. On Monday The Group heard a keynote address from White House Cyber Security Coordinator Howard Schmitt, who called for sophisticated Internet usage policies that don't stifle speech or innovation.

  • The US Air Force has unveiled the cyber wings which will be worn on the chests of its digital warriors. The new "Cyberspace Badge" features lightning-bolt wings extending from a central globe and a heraldic thunderbolt with ordinary feathery wings stuck on the front. For now, the badge is for officers only, with information to come on how enlisted members can earn their cyber wings.

    (USAF photo)