US Senate Hack Attack

Posted By on June 14, 2011

US Senate orders security review after LulzSec hackingUS Senate officials order investigation following an embarrassing breach of Senate.gov website.

The US Senate’s website was hacked into over the weekend, leading to a review of all of its websites, in the latest embarrassing breach of security to hit a major US-based institution.

The loosely organized hacker group Lulz Security broke into a public portion of the Senate website but did not get behind a firewall into a more sensitive portion of the network, Martina Bradford, the deputy Senate sergeant at arms, said.

Despite the breach, the Sergeant at Arms Office, which provides security for the Senate, said the breach had not compromised any individual senator’s information.

LulzSec announced the hack on Monday.

“We were responding to their allegations. Basically what we’re saying that the server they got into is for public access and is in the public side,” said Bradford.

Lulz Security, which has previously hacked into Sony’s website and the US 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. […read more]