Hacking is not something that rarely happens to ordinary people found in ordinary situations. The real deal in hacking takes place in order to get down operating systems, intercept connections and conversations, read encrypted data and detect account passwords in order to enter a secret place and take all the information needed out of it. But what if that secret place was the U.S. State Department? What kind of security should it have and how should it work in order not the let important data leak? This is a very hard job, taking into consideration that the government has to block thousands of hacking attacks per day. A great number of different agencies have the challenging job of keeping away the unwanted visitors every day.
A rigorous investigation has been made and the information about it has been published in the Wall Street Journal, after a hacking attack that has been successful in the last November, regarding the State Department. In order to restore the system to a safer version of itself, the entire messaging service has to be shut down until the engineers worked on the maintenance that was necessary.
The root of the problem seems to have been a false e-mail link and the hackers might still be caught in the system, so the work is double.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that:
“We have robust security to protect our computer systems and our information, which includes access to an unclassified, open-net system. We deal successfully with thousands of attacks every day, and we deal with them in conjunction with other relevant government agencies.”
The invaders have created various methods not to get caught and to find new ways in which hackers get access to the unclassified material of the State Department. The Wall Street Journal reports that each time investigators find a hacker tool and block it, the intruders tweak it slightly to attempt to sneak past defenses.
A cyber security summit has taken place last week at the Stanford University and President Barrack Obama himself has been invited to talk about this specific subject.
“This has to be a shared mission. Government cannot do this alone. But the private sector cannot do it alone, either.”
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