Determined computer hackers broke through federal firewalls several times last year, gaining access to Defence Department networks. A newly obtained report on security breaches at the department in 2003 also reveals dozens of internal lapses. Computer security has become a high-profile concern in federal circles in light of cyber-terrorism, operations mounted by foreign intelligence services and, more often, the sloppy practices of employees. The Defence Department’s Computer Incident Response Team tracked a total of 160 events — from digital break-ins to dodgy e-mail procedures — last year. Full Story
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