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Dept. of Energy Compromised 159 Times Over Four-Year Period

An anonymous reader writes: USA TODAY obtained records through a Freedom of Information Act request indicating that the U.S. Department of Energy was targeted by over a thousand cyberattacks between October 2010 and October 2014. 159 of the attacks were successful in compromising some level of security. “Energy Department officials would not say whether any sensitive data related to the operation and security of the nation’s power grid or nuclear weapons stockpile was accessed or stolen in any of the attacks, or whether foreign governments are believed to have been involved. … The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the Energy Department responsible for managing and securing the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, experienced 19 successful attacks during the four-year period, records show. … Records show 53 of the 159 successful intrusions from October 2010 to October 2014 were ‘root compromises,’ meaning perpetrators gained administrative privileges to Energy Department computer systems.”


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