Feds Traffic Agency Hit by Hack

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 03:08 PM gHale

Traffic to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now running, 10 days after an attack bottlenecked the agency’s website.

The government agency said last Tuesday 10 of its servers suffered a hack attack in early August after it received an alert from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

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An emailed statement from US-CERT confirmed a “cybersecurity incident” knocked the servers offline but insisted the attack appeared “limited in scope” and “involved systems which host publicly available information,” adding that no personal or confidential business information leaked.

Hacked documents were the ones regularly made available to the public. NHTSA usually makes information like vehicle recalls and data surrounding automobile investigations free to peruse via one of their sites, safercar.gov.

Those servers ended up disconnected from the Internet following the attack as the agency took “countermeasures to return all equipment to normal operation” but are back online now, as are the documents hosted on the servers.

The NHTSA, part of the Department of Transportation writes and enforces fuel economy regulations, motor vehicle standards and is generally a go-to for those in the traffic safety industry.

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