Dozens of House Web sites hacked
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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| January 28, 2010; 2:06 PM ET
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