The White House and other high-profile government sites have already been hacked, but what concerns me are the less obvious choices for attack. Are we able to defend our local water utilities? Is the Department of Motor Vehicles safe? Any low-level government agency could be a back door into the larger state or federal system.
The Cal-ISO breach occurred on a development server that was not behind a firewall. Ports were left open on the server, files were exposed, and more importantly, log files were nonexistent because the server had not be been hardened. Worse, workers at Cal-ISO rebooted the development server once they discovered something was wrong, eliminating some vital evidence that could help trace the break-in.
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