Thursday, June 30, 2016
When they started using Periscope, I had hopes they might be tech savvy. Now? Not so much.
19 House Democrat Websites Have Been Down For Days, Hacked Following Sit-In
Hackers took over 19 official government websites for Congressman since last Thursday after a major hacking incident compromised the network.
The affected representatives contract their website management with the company DCS Services who works exclusively with House Democrats. People who visit the official sites of the nineteen affected legislators see a “site under maintenance” message.
… Ferson said that at this point, they have no evidence or specific reasons to believe that the hack was directly related to the day-long protest over gun control, but Gordon Stanton, director of congressional services at DCS, said that “we do not believe it is a coincidence that this happened just as the Democrats started officially wrapping up their sit-in on efforts to prevent gun violence.”
… Politico reported that DCS builds its websites using Joomla, a content management system that has a history of significant security flaws and that, “anger at DCS is so widespread that some aides [from affected offices] asked colleagues on an internal email list for suggestions of other vendors.”
… This latest hack follows a string of security breaches for Democratic Party officials, including a hack of the Democratic National Committee.
An ethical question for my students to ponder.
Terror-suspect database used by banks, governments, has been leaked
A database described by some as a "terrorism blacklist" has fallen into the hands of a white-hat hacker who may decide to make it accessible to the public online.