Hackers break into Interior, Army Web sites
- By Dan Verton
- Mar 17, 2000
A hacker group calling themselves "Crime Boy's" has launched successful
attacks this week against World Wide Web pages maintained by the Interior
Department and the Army.
The hackers, thought to work out of Brazil, this week defaced the main Web
pages maintained by the Bureau of Land Management's National Training Center
and the Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps Command. The group also attempted
a third series of attacks against NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, forcing
the agency to block all Internet traffic from Brazil.
The Crime Boy's broke into the National Training Center Web site March 12
and replaced the agency's Web page with a page protesting the Brazilian
government. Officials discovered the attack the next morning. The hackers
launched a second attack March 16, replacing the page a second time even
as NTC officials were correcting some of the security problems.
The group claimed to be protesting what they called a "corrupt" Brazilian
government. But they also sent a message to the federal agencies that the
sites targeted were "very badly configured."
Security officials at NASA's JPL last week also detected a "fairly substantial
number of attacks" originating in Brazil, said Frank O'Donnell, spokesman
at the Pasadena, Calif.-based laboratory. The agency put in a temporary
block that restricted nearly the entire country of Brazil from viewing the
agency's Web sites and also installed security patches, O'Donnell said.
JPL removed the block at noon EST, March 17.
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union site, which is accessible through
the U.S. Postal Service's intranet, also has been attacked, but it is unclear
what group is responsible for the attacks.
Phillip Loranger, chief of the Command and Control Protect Division at the
Army's Information Assurance Office, announced March 14 that the group had
threatened to take down the main Army home page [FCW.com, March 15]. However,
sources say the main Army page was too difficult for the group to crack
because it is based on Apple Computer Inc.'s MacIntosh WebStar platform.
— Reporter Paula Trimble contributed to this report.