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[ISN] US national vulnerability database hacked
By Jack Clark in San Francisco
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
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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