How hackers got Washington

Thursday, 19 April 2007, 8:57 AM EST

A break-in targeting US State Department computers worldwide last year occurred after an employee in Asia opened a mysterious email that quietly allowed hackers inside the US government's network.

In the first public account revealing details about the intrusion and the government's hurried behind-the-scenes response, a senior State Department official described an elaborate ploy by sophisticated international hackers. They used a secret break-in technique that exploited a design flaw in Microsoft software.

At Australian IT.

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