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[ISN] Cyberattacks take two Energy labs offline


By William Jackson
July 06, 2011

Two Energy Department research facilities on opposite sides of the country have been taken offline by what one spokesman called a âsophisticated cyber attack.â

Officials became aware July 1 that the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and the Thomas Jefferson Laboratory National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va., were under attack, PNNL spokesman Greg Koller said.

All network services initially were shut down at PNNL, but external e-mail had been restored by the afteroon on July 6, Koller said. Internal e-mail and some intranet connections havd already been restored at the laboratory. The public website at www.pnl.gov remained offline July 6.

âWe expect we will be able to get them online over the next three days,â Koller said.

The Jefferson Lab website at www.jlab.org also was unavailable on Wednesday.


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