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Hackers could have breached US bioterrorism defenses for years, records show. We'll never know if they did
The Department of Homeland Security stored sensitive data from the nation's bioterrorism defense program on an insecure website where it was vulnerable to attacks by hackers for over a decade, according to government documents reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.
The data included the locations of at least some BioWatch air samplers, which are installed at subway stations and other public locations in more than 30 U.S. cities and are designed to detect anthrax or other airborne biological weapons, Homeland Security officials confirmed. It also included the results of tests for possible pathogens, a list of biological agents that could be detected and response plans that would be put in place in the event of an attack.
The information — housed on a dot-org website run by a private contractor — has been moved behind a secure federal government firewall, and the website was shut down in May. But Homeland Security officials acknowledge they do not know whether hackers ever gained access to the data.
An Army dental clinic is contacting patients after using non-sterilized equipment for 3 days in the last week
It was getting late, but the Landstown High School student wanted to make sure his uniform looked perfect.
The next morning, senior Cade Anderson would participate in a JROTC drill competition in Prince William county. As his roommate slept, he decided to hang his jacket on a sprinkler head in his hotel room and properly affix all of his ribbons and medals, an attorney said.
When he went to take it back down, the sprinkler activated — resulting in more than $690,000 in damage.
"It's a parent's worst nightmare," attorney Rick Matthews said in an interview.
Fort Bragg officials issued an apology late Thursday, after realizing shutting off power to tens of thousands of post residents created alarm on the post and generated some rather bizarre conspiracy theories in the surrounding community.
This includes suggestions it was a terrorist attack... or a secret Army experiment that shorted out the power grid for miles.
The names, Social Security numbers, and enlistment dates of more than 4,000 immigrant Army recruits were "inadvertently disclosed" in 2017, the Washington Post reported on Monday.