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[ISN] DHS disputes memo on purported railway computer breach

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Date: Thu Jan 26 2012 - 06:55:59 GMT
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By Elinor Mills
InSecurity Complex
CNet News
January 25, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security is disputing a government memo
obtained by Nextgov.com that said a targeted attack on the computer
network of a railway company in the Northwest disrupted train service in
early December.

"Following more in-depth analysis, it appears that the potential cyber
incident did not in fact target a transportation entity," a senior DHS
official told CNET today. "DHS worked with the affected entity, the FBI,
and the Transportation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) to
resolve the issue and send alerts to notify the community of the
anomalous activity as it was occurring."

The official, who asked to remain unidentified, declined to provide
additional details.

Government and transportation industry representatives met on December
20 to discuss their response to an alleged December 1 incident at an
unnamed railway company and someone at the Transportation Security
Administration summarized the meeting in a memo reported on by
Nextgov.com on Monday. Nextgov.com did not name the railway company
involved.

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