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Dozens of House Web sites hacked

By Ed O'Keefe

An image of the Web site of Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) earlier Thursday (

Updated 6:08 p.m. ET

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked for an immediate review of how hackers were able to overtake 49 Web sites operated by members of the House or House committees following President Obama's State of the Union address.

Officials anticipate the sites will be fully operational again in by the end of Friday.

In a letter to House Chief Administrative Officer Daniel P. Beard, Pelosi and Boehner noted that eighteen House Web sites were attacked in August.

"We appreciate the efforts you and your cybersecurity team have taken to tighten firewalls, as well as more recent efforts to ensure that official mobile communications devices are secure from hacking and other intrusions," Pelosi and Boehner said.

Beard's office said members affected included Reps. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), John Murtha (D-Pa.), Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and the Web site for the Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Resources Committee, and the sites for Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform and House Financial Services committees. (See a full list after the jump.)

The sites are all produced and operated by GovTrends, an Alexandra-based company that specializes in building political web sites and e-mail newsletter systems, said Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the House chief administrative officer. The company's "Site of the Week" belongs to Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), which was one of the sites hacked.

Several calls to GovTrends on Thursday went unanswered.

Most House Web sites are maintained by the office of the chief administrative officer, but about 40 percent are contracted out to private vendors including GovTrends, Ventura said. The CAO is having ongoing discussions about potential courses of action against GovTrends and efforts to strengthen the security of sites maintained by private companies, he said.

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Acts of desperation like these website hacks - it seems is the side dish to the GOP main course of obstruction, more obstruction, and finally, obstruction.

The just will NOT get out of America's way.

Posted by: free-donny | January 28, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

You know, it's funny.

The media is constantly full of increasingly strident complaints that there is an increasing need for cybersecurity...

Yet nobody does anything about it.

I can't figure out the Federal procurement system, so my patent 7,464,403 remains totally available and totally unused. Well, I use it to run my laptop and my laptop is probably the most secure laptop on the planet as regards being vulnerable to network attack, but my laptop is not defending the critical infrastructure or national networks.

It wouldn't have made a difference in this casde, this is what you get when people try a "one size fits all" approach to content management.

Posted by: thardman | January 28, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Prosecute. Track them down and prosecute them. This is no different than James O'Keefe's attack on Rep. Landrieu's office. If there are no consequences to damaging, altering, or destroying Government property, then it's an invitation for chaos and anarchy.

Posted by: gasmonkey | January 28, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

It;s amazing what happens when private companies are used for what should be government functions. And this was just for web sites. Imagine what you get when you hire Blackwater and Halliburton to do soldiers jobs. You get electrocuted soldiers and mercenaries killing Iraqi citizens.
Privatization is just another way for corporations to suck American payer dollars while providing shoddy service.
Privatization just gives away control and accountability.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 28, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

There is a 15 year old somewhere in the US laughing his butt off right now.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | January 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it an impeachable offense the chastise the supreme court, in a State of the Union Address?

Posted by: RayOne | January 28, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I thing the GSA site might have been a part of that, too. I couldn't access it for a few hours this afternoon.

Posted by: Ethos | January 28, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

It's becoming clear that there exist a group of people that are doing anything they can to have their way.

This phone tapping recently - from the same crew that tried to take Acorn down -

to this.

Abortion clinic bombings

I do say- I think US has it's own breed of terrorists !


What a waste - it concerns me though that someone would do this - for what ELSE are they capable of.

Clearly they have no respect for anyone else.

AND THAT makes for a danger to society.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: MyFellowAmericans | January 29, 2010 3:42 AM | Report abuse

I like the coolforsale ads

They are upfront, I can see what they are trying to sell me - and it's clear.

Too bad politics can't be this war,er, way - a typo I'll keep.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: MyFellowAmericans | January 29, 2010 3:50 AM | Report abuse

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