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Cyber attack on LANL outs personal info

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By Roger Snodgrass

People whose personal information was potentially compromised by a hacking incident at Los Alamos National Laboratory have begun to receive letters of notice from Tom Harper, LANL’s chief information officer.A letter dated Dec. 7, to “Sir or Madam” informs the addressee, “We do not believe that your PII (personally identifiable information) was the target of the hackers. Nevertheless, our current analysis indicates that the computers attacked did contain the following items of your PII: social security number.”The letters includes information on recommended precautions to protect against identity theft.A laboratory spokesperson said all laboratory employees were informed on Nov. 9 of a “malicious, sophisticated hacking event” on a small number of unclassified computers on the laboratory’s unclassified or ‘Yellow network.”The incident may be related to a similar attack acknowledged in more detail by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in an advisory issued last week that said the attack appeared to be “part of a coordinated attempt to gain access to computer networks at numerous laboratories and other institutions across the country.”The advisory said the first Oak Ridge incident occurred on Oct.


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