“In recent weeks, four NOAA websites were compromised by
an Internet-sourced attack,” said Scott Smullen, a spokesman for the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Washington Post reported that Chinese hackers were behind the NOAA attack, citing unidentified officials. The report said NOAA was forced to seal off data on disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other uses.
This report emerged just two days after the hackers stole some sensitive consumer data from U.S portal service. The statement released bu the U.S portal service said that “recently learned of a cyber security intrusion into some of our information systems” and was cooperating with law enforcement agencies in an investigation.
In recent months there are string of attacks on U,S agencies and also White House was attacked by these Chinese Cyber attacks. Washington post has already said that the hackers behind these attacks are Chinese. The report states that NOAA was forced to seal off data on disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other uses.
Just last month we heard that NOAA data has been breached by its inside employee name Xiafen Chen. Later an employee from its Ohio office has been arrested and charged with stealing information of the data base of NOAA and also misleading the federal agents during the initial investigation.
A USPS spokesman said the breach affected as many as 800,000 people who are paid by the agency, including employees and private contractors.
The statement said hackers also penetrated payment systems at post offices and online where customers pay for services.
It said the customer data included “names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and other information” but that there was “no evidence that any customer credit card information from retail or online purchases” had been compromised.