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Attacks on U.S. government computer networks are on the rise

According to 'federal records', there was a 40% increase in attacks on U.S. government computer networks last year. That's a  really raw number, especially when considering the number of 'successful' attacks aren't released, only 1% of federal  agencies even have 'fully developed' tracking systems, and that government statistics involving any aspect of security are likely to be adjusted for the necessity of the moment. Even if part of that spike was the result of better tracking (when did 1% become 'better'?), and in spite of the fact the number might have been manipulated, there's enough truth there to know the number of attacks on government networks is increasing. It looks like that's due to both targeted attacks from foreign powers trying to access sensitive information, and from normal 'cybercrime' (whether that's malware, misdirection, or malfeasance). There is currently a federally mandated 60 day cyber security review taking place. Let's hope some better solutions are developed quickly. When you can only track 1% of what's really happening, it unfortunately puts one in mind of the levees before Katrina. 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-02-16-cyber-attacks_N.htm

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