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U.S. Nuclear Lab Computers Hacked

The New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security released information that a cyber attack linked to China occurred at a federal government's nuclear weapons laboratory.

Attacks on Oak Ridge National Laboratory computers in Tennessee occurred from web and internet adresses that had origins in China, but no proof was evident that is was the Chinese government or Chinese citizens. Officials said that classified information was not compromised.

“At this point, we have determined that the thieves made approximately 1,100 attempts to steal data with a very sophisticated strategy that involved sending staff a total of seven ‘phishing’ e-mails, all of which at first glance appeared legitimate,? laboratory Thom Mason wrote in an e-mail message sent to employees on Monday. “At present we believe that about 11 staff opened the attachments, which enabled the hackers to infiltrate the system and remove data.? (New York Times)

The original email and first chance of stolen data occurred on October 29, 2007.

The Washington Post reports that the assault appeared "to be part of a coordinated attempt to gain access to computer networks at numerous laboratories and other institutions across the country," lab director Thom Mason said in a memo to the 4,200 employees at the Department of Energy facility.

"There was no classified data of any kind compromised," lab spokesman Bill Stair said Thursday. "There are people who think that because they accessed this database that they had access to the lab's supercomputer. That is not the case. There was no access at all." (Washington Post)

The lab currently posses the second faster supercomputer in the world and is planning to build another.