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> Pentagon says computers invaded by hackers
> February 25, 1998
> Web posted at: 10:26 a.m. EST (1526 GMT)
> WASHINGTON (CNN) --
> Unidentified hackers penetrated
> unclassified U.S. military
> computers in a widespread cyber
> attack that hit all the military
> services, a top Pentagon official
> said Wednesday.
> "Fairly heavy cyber attacks" occurred during the past
> two weeks, said John Hamre, deputy secretary of defense and the
> U.S. military's number two civilian official.
> "It was the most organized and systematic" attack the
> Pentagon has seen to date, he said.
> Hamre told defense reporters that the event had "all
> the appearances of a game" and apparently was perpetrated
> by "a small number of individuals."
> The deputy defense secretary said he was constrained
> from divulging too many details about the attacks because
> the military was working in cooperation with the Justice Department
> in pursuing potential criminal activity.
> The attacks did not appear to be connected with the
> ongoing crisis involving Iraq, he said.
> According to Hamre, the attacks appear to be directed
> at unclassified information, such as personnel records or
> payroll matters. "Our classified networks were intact and not
> penetrated," he said.
> He described the attacks as "widespread and modestly
> sophisticated," adding that all the military services
> "had penetration to some degree."
> He said the department has been attempting in recent
> years to update its defenses against such attacks but that more
> must be done. "We have to do a good deal more in this area,"
> he said.
> Hamre said that the attacks appeared to be occurring
> at a time when a "hacker contest" was going on. But he did not
> say where such an event originated or offer a further
> The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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