New cybersecurity concerns & Treasury website hacking update

Wednesday - 5/5/2010, 4:01pm EDT

Rod Joffe of Neustar talking with WFED's Tom Temin

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Cybersecurity Update - Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris (6-10 a.m.) and The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris (3-7 p.m.). Listen live at FederalNewsRadio.com or on the radio at 1500 and 820 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

  • Internet routing tables are the new big concern for federal cybersecurity experts. In recent weeks the protocol for these internet routers appears to have been hacked. The traffic from some of the leading U.S. business and government institutions has been rerouted -- through China. Rod Joffe is the chief technologist at Neustar, a major Internet operator, and he was Tom Temin's guest on Federal Security Spotlight. Joffe says many people don't realize how valuable these routers are.

  • The Treasury Department has taken offline four public websites for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing after the discovery earlier this week of malicious code on a parent site, Federal Computer Week reports. The bureau began using a third-party cloud service provider to host the sites last year, Treasury said in a statement about the incident. That company had an intrusion and as a result of that intrusion, a number of Treasury Web sites were affected, the statement said. The Treasury Government Security Operations Center was alerted to the problem and notified the bureau, which responded by taking the sites offline. We told you yesterday that the hacks were first reported by Roger Thompson, chief research officer for AVG Technologies, who discovered malicious code injected into the affected page on Monday. He said the code appears to link with two attack servers in Ukraine.