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Hackers Based in China Break Into Florida Senator's Office Computers

By CQ Politics

March 23, 2009



China-based hackers breached the office computers of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, the senator's office confirmed March 20. In three separate attacks, two in March and one in February, cyberhackers targeted the work stations of Nelson's foreign policy aide, his deputy legislative director, and "a former Nelson NASA adviser," Nelson’s office said in a statement. The hackers did not steal any classified information, which is not stored on office computers, the statement said.

A Nelson aide said the attacks were traced to China through Internet Protocol (IP) information, which could have been masked. Nelson first disclosed the attacks March 19 at an Armed Services Committee hearing that featured testimony by senior military officials with domain over cyberwarfare. "I have had my office computers invaded three times in the last month, and one of them we think is very serious," Nelson said at the hearing.

China has been blamed by lawmakers for several cyber-attacks in recent years.

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