Cyber Attack on U.S. Chamber Pressures Congress to Speed Web Rule Rewrite

Posted in: Legal & Security at 23/12/2011 18:39

A cyber attack on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will intensify pressure on Congress to overhaul Web security regulations written before the existence of Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc.'s Gmail.

Concern that computer systems for banks, power companies and Internet providers are vulnerable rose after hackers with ties to China stole confidential e-mails and documents from the chamber, the biggest U.S. business lobbying organization.

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China Hackers Hit U.S. Chamber: Attacks Breached Computer System of Business-Lobbying Group; Emails Stolen
A group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of America's top business-lobbying group and gained access to everything stored on its systems, including information about its three million members, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The break-in at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is one of the boldest known infiltrations in what has become a regular confrontation between U.S. companies and Chinese hackers. The complex operation, which involved at least 300 Internet addresses, was discovered and quietly shut down in May 2010.

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