The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed on Wednesday that they have been attacked by hackers. NOAA said in a statement that four of their websites were specifically targeted by an “internet-sourced attack”.
It is worth noting that the NOAA owns the National Weather Service as well. The statement, however, was unclear and did not give any details about the attackers, the attacked websites and if any data was compromised.
According to Rep. Frank Wolf, the officials at the NOAA expressed their concerns about China’s involvement in the hack attack. The officials at the NOAA claim that when they discovered the attack, an out-of-nowhere maintenance was performed to alleviate them. However, the services were restored quickly and they were able to deliver the forecast to the public.
According to a report by the Washington Post, the attacks were launched in September and it took the NOAA a month to disclose that their websites had been hacked. Strangely, USPS also took a month to announce that their servers had been breached.
Wolf was furious at the Obama administration for taking the matter of threats from Chinese cybercriminals so lightly.
“Their continuous interference could well and truly destroy Americans”, he said. Wolf directly criticized the alleged Chinese hackers and raised several concerns about them shutting down the US weather system if any calamity struck the US.
Call it a coincidence or not, this is not the first time that the Chinese have been accused of hacking. The US is already under tremendous pressure after the hells gates of cyberattack opened on it. Cybercrimes have already increased by 77% in the US this year. Large enterprises such as JP Morgan and many other popular banks and institutions are being target and customers’ information is being stolen.
It has become a hopeless situation for the general internet user, and little hope seems to be in sight. The only sensible thing that makes sense at a time like this is to keep changing your passwords frequently and to use a VPN to protect from theft, cracking and fraudulent activities.
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