[ISN] Cyber attackers try Treasury hack at least once a day

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 00:15:02 -0500 (CDT)

By Anh Nguyen 
May 16, 2011

'Hostile intelligence agencies' made hundreds of attempts to hack into 
the Treasury's computer system last year, Chancellor George Osborne has 

Osborne said that the number of attempts averaged at least one attack a 

"During 2010, hostile intelligence agencies made hundreds of serious and 
pre-planned attempts to break into the Treasury's computer system. It 
averaged out as more than one attempt per day.

"This makes the Treasury one of the most targeted departments across 
Whitehall," Osborne told delegates at the Google Zeitgeist conference in 

He said that more than 20,000 malicious emails are sent to government 
networks "in any given month".

He described one incident to delegates: "At some point last year, a 
perfectly legitimate G20-related email was sent to HM Treasury and some 
other international partners. Within minutes, it appeared that the email 
had been re-sent to the same distribution list.


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