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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Hackers Break Into Transportation Cabinet Computers; Cabinet Computers Also Used to View Pornography
Posted: 8-Aug-2003 2:52AM CDT

An audit of computers used by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet revealed that a group of "French hackers" broke into cabinet computers and were using them to host chat networks and distribute stolen software, videos, and music. Additionally, cabinet computers were used to access pornography 6000 times during a four day test period. Some of the pornography viewed included pornographic images of children.

At least one cabinet employee has resigned after being confronted with evidence he illegally accessed pornography, and several others are under criminal investigation.

More information: Associated Press: Hackers Break In To State's Computers (July 29, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Transportation Cabinet computers breached (July 30, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Patton: Hacking, porn visits were fault of Transportation Cabinet (July 30, 2003) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald Leader: Hackers hijack Transportation's computers (July 30, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Transportation officials say breach of agency computers has been halted (July 31, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: More state computers used to watch porn (Aug. 2, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: State transportation official will quit (Aug. 5, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Child porn accessed at Transportation Cabinet (Aug. 7, 2003) [Outside Link], WKYT: Auditors Say Kiddie Porn Found On State Computers (Aug. 7, 2003 [Outside Link]

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