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Hacker breaks into a .gov website

Date: February 06, 2007

Computer hackers tapped into a Web site at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, planting a virus that has possibly infected computers used by people who visited the site, agency officials said.

CDC's podcast site,, which contains audio and video on a variety of public health topics, has been taken off the agency's Web site and is expected to be down for at least a few days.

"At this time, CDC does not have any evidence that sensitive information has been compromised in any way. However, it is possible that computers used by visitors to CDC's site may have been infected with a computer virus," the agency said in a news item posted Saturday evening at

"Users that visited the site Thursday morning should ensure their computer has been scanned for viruses."

The Atlanta-based agency became aware on Thursday morning that the podcast site had been hacked, the news release said.

"As a precaution, CDC has removed the Podcast site and we anticipate the site will be down for the next few days. We are working to make sure the Podcast site is safe, and we will repost it in a few days," the agency said.
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