Hackers Vandalize, Disable HHS Web Sites
Federal officials suspect that Chinese hackers were responsible for disabling and vandalizing government Web sites this weekend, including sites operated by HHS, the AP/Nando Times/Sacramento Bee reports. On Saturday, hackers posted a picture of Wang Wei, the Chinese fighter pilot who was killed in an April 1 collision with a U.S. Navy plane, on the HHS site. The surgeon general's site was completely disabled by the attack. Technicians put the site back online within a few hours after adding extra protections. HHS spokesperson Bill Hall said, "Our sites are as protected as we can make them, but you can never guarantee anything." Both the FBI and the Federal Computer Incident Response Center are investigating the incident (AP/Nando Times/Sacramento Bee, 4/29).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.