Fed networks increasingly under siege

Monday, 10 March 2008, 9:49 AM EST

Richard Westfield acknowledges his small agency, the National Labor Relations Board, doesn’t possess the most sought-after data in government. But that doesn’t mean his agency is not a target for hackers. The agency’s computers are linked to other networks. “Once they have access to the network,” Westfield said, “They can use that as a launch pad to other organizations.”

So he wasn’t too surprised last year when a hacker in China started sniffing around the agency’s firewalls looking for weak entry points. “I feel honored they didn’t get in,” he said.

At the Federal Times.

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