- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hackers infiltrated Pennsylvania’s government Web site last week, forcing administrators to shut down nearly the entire site for several hours.

Hackers broke into the pages of the departments of Labor and Industry, Education, and Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Pennsylvania Lottery, said Mia DeVane, a spokeswoman for the Office of Administration.

Miss DeVane said state information-technology officers also learned Friday that four other states and a university had been attacked in a similar manner.

Investigators tracked the source of the attack to a domain registered in China, she said.

Miss DeVane said there was no reason to think anyone’s personal data had been compromised or that any damage occurred when a hacker “got into what we would say is a back door.”

By late Friday, nearly all of the state’s site had been put back online.

“It was more that we needed to take down those sites to make sure a virus couldn’t spread,” Miss DeVane said.

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