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Virus Infection Disrupts Service of U.S Commerce Department’s EDA

A PC-virus, which attacked the computer-system of EDA (Economic Development Administration) of the U.S. Department-of-Commerce (DOC), has resulted in disrupted operations of the administration's Internet and e-mail systems for an unknown time-period as investigators examine the attack's characteristic and source. InformationWeek published this dated February 3, 2012.

It was on January 20, 2012 that the attack was detected targeting EDA's PCs that were used in connection with issuing business-development aids so distraught communities could generate jobs. But, more virus-infections were found that prompted the EDA to take its systems offline.

Meanwhile, DOC's officers stated that they'd engaged an external experts' team, which would assist the agency's own defense specialists revive the networks. However, they weren't aware of the source of the virus assault as also the way it crept into the government PCs, the officers said.

Brad Carroll, spokesman of DOC stated that in keeping with abundant caution, the network systems at EDA were quarantined via disconnecting them from the Internet. A tentative basic online site was giving the agency's contact details along with the information regarding scope for federal funding, he added. Roland-Martin-Reports published this on February 2, 2012.

Meanwhile, there's no detail with the Officials regarding the attack's potential as also the time it would take for the systems to return online.

Besides, during 2011, security demanded that the website of yet one more federal department be taken offline. A phishing assault against Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the Energy Department during April 2011 caused the closure of e-mail and Internet access at the laboratory for over 7 days.

Currently, EDA's website service stands disrupted. However, work is on towards rectifying the problem as well as resuming original activities soon.

Security researchers reiterate how hackers of the past few years infiltrated e-mail as well as other systems belonging to departments of State and Defense, waging an assault against Industry and Security Bureau's computer-system, that's another wing of DOC treating sensitive data.

Moreover, during late-2009-early-2010, several security-breaches at a stretch compromised some DOC employees' names as well as Social Security Numbers, when the department apparently blundered because it took too long to issue alerts.

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