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Court, Justice clash over Interior’s system security

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has lambasted the Justice Department for allegedly putting roadblocks in the way of testing the Interior Department’s systems security. The clash has become part of the case of Cobell et al. v. Norton et al. The American Indian plaintiffs are suing Interior for tens of billions of dollars in resource royalties and other Indian trust revenues lost through federal mismanagement. The court cut off Interior’s Internet connections in December 2001, following the discovery that American Indians’ trust fund accounts were vulnerable to hacking. The court has permitted Interior to restore most of its connections after upgrading security, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is still cut off from the Internet. Full Story

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