US govt facilities are targets of cyber attacks

July 7, 2011 03:00

BOSTON - Two US government-funded research laboratories and a defense contractor were targets of a "highly sophisticated" cyber attack last week, representatives of the organizations said, the latest in a string of assaults on US interests.

The attacks struck Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington; Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia and Battelle Corp, a government contractor that manages PNNL.

The three shut down Internet access on Friday, when they became aware of the attacks, they said. The two laboratories have yet to restore access to their external websites.

"The good news is no classified information has been compromised or is in danger from this attack," said PNNL spokesman Greg Koller. "At this time, we have not found any indication of 'exfiltration' of information from our unclassified networks as well."

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