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Kentucky shakes up systems after large-scale hacking

Kentucky officials have reassigned some network management duties after discovering a “monstrous” systems intrusion in which hackers, apparently from France, used Transportation Cabinet computers to store large quantities of pirated movies, music, games and books. The state has shifted responsibility for the cabinet’s routers to the Governor’s Office for Technology. Auditor of Public Accounts Ed Hatchett referred information about the hacking incident, as well his office’s discovery of employees’ use of state computers to access porn sites, to state and federal prosecutors. State officials met today to cope with the aftermath of the hacking incident, which began in April 2003, according to a statement from Hatchett. State CIO Aldona Valicenti said her office is working with state auditors and Transportation Cabinet officials to preserve evidence that may be needed by prosecutors. According to the auditor’s staff, the hackers may have committed the crimes of theft of services and illegal access to a state computer. Full Story

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