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Oak Ridge National Lab shuts down Internet, email after cyberattack

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | April 19, 2011
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, home to one of the world's most powerful supercomputers , has been forced to shut down its email systems and all Internet access for employees since late last Friday, following a sophisticated cyberattack.

This is the second time that Oak Ridge has fallen victim to a phishing attack. In 2007, hackers gained access to a non-classified database after infecting internal systems via phishing emails.

That compromise resulted in the personal data, including Social Security numbers of visitors to the laboratory, being compromised.


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