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the Us Government Bottom of the League for Government Internet Security

Sun, 2nd Dec 2001

Part of the show Science of Archaeology

The US government is laying itself wide open to cyber attacks - that's attacks on its computer system by terrorists or any kind of hacker. This week's New Scientist says the government scored an F grade in a recent security assessment- that's even worse than last year when it scored a D. Apparently users are very slack - they often don't bother to switch from the default password (which is often something really obvious like "password") and often when people leave their accounts are not closed down - so a lot of outsiders could have access to these computer systems.


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