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Entering the Pentagon

Following the drawn-out court case against UK-based hacker, Gary McKinnon, most people would assume that the US military and other government agencies would have taken the opportunity to review the security of their outward-facing systems.

Such an assumption doesn't account for the fact that there are many, many systems that might require securing and re-configuration.

This has been highlighted by two recent examples where outward-facing systems at the Pentagon (domains under were found to be lacking in suitable authentication and protection. At least one server was compromised by website defacers, who left their calling card as proof of their ability to break in. This particular incident took place within the last week, whilst the other incident - where a server that could be accessed without any authentication was discovered, has now been addressed.

17 May 2007

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