13 Aug 2013

NHTSA Suffers Security Breach

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had some of its servers breached last week. The incident was exposed by US-CERT.

The security breach affected 10 data servers, making it impossible to access information on nhtsa.gov. Apparently, hackers only managed to access servers storing publicly available data, including “reports from automakers about their plans for recalls, as well as for progress reports on continuing and past investigation,” the New York Times writes.

The 10 breached servers were immediately disconnected from the Internet. The source of the attack is yet to be revealed, and a team is working to “return all equipment to normal operation."

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team said that the breach “was limited in scope, involved systems which host publicly available information” but no personal or confidential business information was compromised.

Governmental websites all across the globe are often targeted by hackers who use them to brag, send out activist messages, or snoop for sensitive information to use them in further targeted attacks.