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The Department of Homeland Security vs hacker attacks

Date: June 21, 2007

The Department of Homeland Security's chief information officer is expected to receive a tongue-lashing from lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where an oversight committee will present data showing hundreds of digital break-ins and shoddy security practices at the very agency that is supposed to lead the government's cyber security efforts.

DHS CIO Scott Charbo is scheduled to appear tomorrow before a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing entitled "Hacking the Homeland." The panel follows a hearing April in which Commerce and State department officials recounted how hackers broke into and gained control over a number of systems in a series of targeted attacks. Since that testimony, committee leaders demanded answers to dozens of questions about DHS's compliance on cyber-security standards, and whether it, too, had suffered similar break-ins.
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