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U.S. Department of Labor Hacking Incident Suspends Website

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A U.S. Department of Labor spokesman confirms one of its websites is offline after being targeted by hackers.

Updated with technical details.

"A DOL program appeared to be compromised," says a statement released by the agency. "The website was immediately taken offline and the Department began working with appropriate internal and external authorities to investigate."

"Hackers planted code on the main SEM page which redirected victims to other pages within the department's website that attacked visitors' computers, reports pcworld.com.  "The style of attack is known as a drive-by download. It is particularly dangerous since potential victims merely need to visit a site in order for the attack to be executed."


At this time there is no evidence of compromise to or loss of DOL information nor is there any disruption in DOL's services.

Civilian advocates for workers sickened during the manufacturing process of nuclear bombs say the site is www.sem.dol.gov.

The site contains data on toxins and illnesses associated with nuclear manufacturing.

Web browsers currently show the site as "not found on this server."

"The website will remain offline until DOL completes its initial investigation," the DOL statement says. "At this time there is no evidence of compromise to or loss of DOL information nor is there any disruption in DOL's services."

 

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