A surprisingly sophisticated computer attack that was first noticed July 4 has compromised the Web sites of several government agencies. Agncies specifically tasked with fighting cyber crime are included on this list. Over the holiday weekend, The Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation Department Web sites were all down for a time, according to officials inside and outside the government. The outages have continued into this week, with some of the sites reporting service interruption Tuesday evening.
Government officials claim that their computers are routinely probed as often as millions of times a day. Many of those millions are said to be simple scans, which rarely cause a problem. In the report for June, the congressional Government Accountability Office reported more than 16,000 threats or incidents last year in all brances of federal government. This is approximately three times the amount reported in June of 2007. It has not yet been decided if this increase is related to the recent attack, but it has been agreed upon that this incident is different than the others, more complicated and advanced, which is the reason cited for the continued Web site outages. Courtesy of slashdot.com