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By William Jackson
July 12, 2011
The cyberattack that took the Energy Departmentâs Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory offline on July 1 exploited a zero-day vulnerability
to infect the systems with an Advanced Persistent Threat, lab CIO Jerry
Johnson said July 12.
Although external e-mail and some internal communications have been
restored, the labâs website at www.pnl.gov remains unavailable and the
Richland, Wash., lab still has no Internet access. Johnson said he hopes
that remaining services will be restored by late Wednesday, July 13, or
âThe landscape we are protecting is very large,â Johnson said. âGiven
the scope and complexity of our network and information systems, we have
made excellent progress restoring services."
Pacific Northwest was one of two Energy Department labs that became
aware of an attack on July 1. The Thomas Jefferson Laboratory National
Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va., also went offline for a
period after the attack was discovered, but restored Internet services
and began rebuilding its Web site, at www.jlab.org, last week.
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