The Pennsylvania website was almost completely shut down by computer hackers yesterday in an internet attack. The Chinese hackers targeted four departments and resulted in officials taking down most of the website. This, of course, is why any weakness in a government website operation is considered extremely critical and cause for concern to officials, including the FBI and DHS.
Lately a commenter on my other blog bragged about having unauthorized access to a local government's computer network. I notified the county government of the comment for investigation. Now a comment on another website about the incident leads me to think the county's changeover of IT managers may have caused a problem. This story about the state website being attacked reminds I need to forward the information about this commenter's actions to the federal authorities also. Unauthorized access to a government computer system can jeopardize much personal information about citizens and also leave them vulnerable to attack.