Hackers disable HHS sites, attack other agencies

Hackers disable HHS sites, attack other agencies

Attacks on Web sites plagued several federal agencies recently.

Late last month, a picture of Wang Wei, the Chinese pilot who was killed in a collision with a Navy surveillance plane April 1, was posted on www.health.gov, along with a text message, Health and Human Services spokesman Bill Hall said.

Hackers also disabled another site, at www.surgeongeneral.gov.

The Web sites were back up after a few hours, and HHS increased security, Hall said.

Labor Department spokesman Stuart Roy said hackers made 6,000 attempts to enter department systems via the Web site but could not breach the firewalls. Instead they vandalized the site, posting Wei's picture along with a sympathetic message in English and some Chinese characters.

A May 1 attack on the Surface Transportation Board Web site left the agency unable to post board decisions and e-mail.

'We do not know when the site will be back online,' spokesman Dennis Watson said early last week.

Transportation Department officials do not know who was responsible for the attack, Watson said.

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