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FAA hacked, Looses 45,000 workers personal data

No mission critical servers affected

| Posted: Feb 10, 2009 5:36 pm

It looks like Kaspersky is not the only one that Hackers have been messing with. Unfortunately while the group that Hit Kaspersky was not malicious the ones that hit the US Federal Aviation Administration were.

 

The hackers managed to access two servers, one containing personal data for some 45,000 FAA employees and retirees. The second server contained encrypted medical records.

 

While the FAA is maintaining the claim that this is the first attack of its kind the Unions that represent the FAA workers claim this has happened before (although not on this large of a scale).

 

FAA spokespersons stated that they are already working on both short and long term fixes to the problem that allowed the attackers to get in.
They further stated that the two servers were not connected to the Air Traffic Control system, and there was no evidence that system was affected at all.

 

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