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[ISN] US national vulnerability database hacked



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/14/us_malware_catalogue_hacked/

By Jack Clark in San Francisco
The Register
14th March 2013

The US government's online catalog of cyber-vulnerabilities has been taken offline â ironically, due to a software vulnerability.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Vulnerability Database's (NVD) public-facing website and other services have been offline since Friday due to a malware infection on two web servers, it emerged on Wednesday.

The Register received an anonymous tip-off about the infection on Wednesday afternoon, which led us to a Google+ post containing information from NIST.

"On Friday March 8, a NIST firewall detected suspicious activity and took steps to block unusual traffic from reaching the Internet," Gail Porter of NIST's public inquiries office told a concerned chief security officer in an email, according to the post.

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