Pentagon Attack Last June Stole an ‘Amazing Amount’ of Data

On 22 June 2007, Defence Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that the Pentagon’s network had been successfully attacked the previous Wednesday, and that this attack was responsible for a disruption in email service to some 1,500 Pentagon employees. At the time, Gates downplayed the attack, saying that it affected only the Office of the Secretary of Defence’s non-classified e-mail service and that there was no anticipated adverse impact on ongoing operations. It seems that the adverse impact of the June attack may have been much greater than Gates’ early guidance implied. According to a top DoD technology official quoted at, the thieves behind that attack seized an amazing amount of data

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