Weather Web site hit by intruders

By Kathleen Ohlson, Computer World |  Security

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center became the latest Web target of hackers when one or more intruders broke into the site.

Both the site and e-mail for the Storm Prediction Center, based in Norman, Okla., were taken down as soon as the infiltration was detected, said Tim Tomastik, the NOAA's deputy director of public affairs in Washington. Tomastik said the attack on the federal weather service forced its clients and customers to go to other sites for weather data. "It's weather data," he said. "There's no national security involved. I have no idea why they would go after it."

Officials are still trying to determine what, if any, damage was done to the site by the intrusion. So far, they know that some "real minor goofing with the text occurred," but nothing major, Tomastik said.

Yesterday, the U.S. Army Web site was breached (see story) and the home page defaced.

Tomastik said the NOAA is evaluating its system and expects federal authorities to look into what happened. The site is expected to be back up later today.

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