Thousands of sensitive files were stolen from a defense contractor, the Pentagon has admitted this week—one of the highest profile hack attacks of this year, and the Pentagon is blaming "foreign intruders." In the latest Breach of the Week, we look at how the sting might have gone down.
Two researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown they can reverse engineer a person's Social Security number using, ironically, nothing more than data from publicly available data on government sites, and the data you share with the world on Facebook.
Hackers breached the network of the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this week and gained access to sensitive records, according to an aviation trade publication. The FAA breach has prompted President Obama to order an immediate review of federal cyber security.
The hackers reportedly gained access to the personnel files of 45,000 FAA workers, of which 48 files were opened and copied. The computer systems that superintend air traffic control were not breached.