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[ISN] Hack of vendor illustrates Capitol Hill's cyber vulnerability
By Jennifer Martinez
Hill staffers should take this week’s hacker attack against an email
newsletter service commonly used by congressional offices seriously,
There was confusion on Capitol Hill after a Twitter account affiliated
with the hacker group Anonymous claimed it posted the email addresses and
alleged passwords of hundreds of House and Senate staffers online. The
leaked data ultimately turned out to be congressional aides’ expired
log-in information for an outside email newsletter service by
iConstituent, which is used by staffers to send newsletters to
constituents back in lawmakers' home districts.
Although the leaked log-in information is outdated, cybersecurity experts
contend that hackers could use the expired passwords to try to crack into
Hill staffers’ personal email, online banking and social media accounts.
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