Senate security hole enables partisan spying

Friday, 23 January 2004, 8:58 AM EST

According to the Boston Globe, Republican staff members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee exploited a security hole in the committee's servers for at least a year to access and share secret Democratic memos.

The security breach has drawn the attention of the office of the Senate Sergeant of Arm, which has launched an investigation into how portions of 15 strategy memos ended up in conservative media outlets, The Globe reported on Thursday. Computer experts from General Dynamics Corp. and the U.S. Secret Service are helping in the investigation, in which about 120 people have been interviewed and a half dozen computers have been seized, according to the article.

GOP staffers were able to access Democratic files because of a glitch dating back to 2001, when a computer technician's mistake left files on a shared committee server accessible without a password, The Globe reported.

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