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Lax security left Senate files wide open

GOP staff members of the Senate Judiciary Committee had free access to sensitive Democratic computer files because of what investigators termed a “significant lack of security” on the committee’s network. A report by the Senate sergeant at arms has blamed the poor controls on the IT administrator’s inexperience and lack of training. “Forensic analysis indicated that a majority of the files and folders on the server were accessible to all users on the network,” said the report, released yesterday. “Any user on the network could read, create, modify or delete any of the files or folders.” The report made recommendations for improving the committee’s computer security, including setting minimal technical skill standards for administrators. The problems came to light in a three-month investigation by Sergeant at Arms William H. Pickle about leaks of Democratic memos to the press late last year. The apparent intent was to embarrass Democrats by revealing political strategies in opposing conservative judicial nominations. But the investigation exposed partisan spying by several GOP staff members. Full Story

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