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Trail of Iowa Computer Hack Points to China

By The Des Moines Register

February 3, 2010



Iowa investigators suspect a serious breach of a state government computer database last week originated in China, which a congressional panel says has increased its use of cyber espionage tactics.

The hackers gained access to a computer system operated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The breach allowed access to personal information involving about 80,000 people, commission administrator Jack Ketterer says. Letters advising people of the security breach were scheduled to be mailed Tuesday (February 2), he says.

A forensic investigation indicates China was the source of the hacking incident, although state officials are not absolutely certain because some computer hackers try to disguise their digital footprints, says Robert Bailey, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.

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