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Originally posted by WyrdeOne
I get the very real sense that something is going on behind the scenes on this one, but I haven't got a clue what that 'something' might be. More investigation is needed, but details are sketchy at the moment.
Brooks blamed a misunderstanding for the failure to inform either Bodman or Deputy Energy Secretary Clay Sell about the security breach. Brooks' NNSA is a semiautonomous agency within the department and he said he assumed DOE's counterintelligence office would have briefed the two senior officials.
"That's hogwash," Rep. Joe Barton (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, told Brooks. "You report directly to the secretary. You meet with him or the deputy every day. ... You had a major breach of your own security and yet you didn't inform the secretary."
Bodman first learned of the theft two days ago, according to his spokesman, Craig Stevens.
"He's deeply disturbed by the way this was handled," Stevens said.
Barton, R-Texas, called for Brooks' resignation because of his failure to inform Bodman and other senior DOE officials of the security failure.
The Energy Department spends $140 million a year on cyber security, Gregory Friedman, the DOE's inspector general, told the committee. But he said that while improvements have been made, "significant weaknesses continue to exist," making the unclassified computer system vulnerable to hackers.
Last fall, a so-called "Red Team" of DOE computer specialists -- seeking to test the security safeguards -- succeeded in hacking into and gaining control of a DOE facility's computer system, the panel was told.
"We had access to sensitive data including financial and personal data.... We basically had domain control," said Glenn Podonsky, director of DOE's Security and Safety Performance Assessment. "We were able to get passwords, go from one account to another."
Podonsky did not name the facility.
But in response to questioning, he said that during the test it was learned that an actual penetration of a DOE computer system had occurred, leading to the theft of the files containing information about the 1,500 contract workers.