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Library of Congress Hit With a Denial-Of-Service Attack (fedscoop.com) 23

An anonymous reader writes: The Library of Congress (LOC) announced via Twitter Monday that they were the target of a denial-of-service attack. The attack was detected on July 17 and has caused other websites hosted by the LOC, including the U.S. Copyright Office, to go down. In addition, employees of the Library of Congress were unable to access their work email accounts and to visit internal websites. The outages continue to affect some online properties managed by the library. "In June 2015, the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, published a limited distribution report -- undisclosed publicly though it was sourced in a 2015 GAO testimony to the Committee on House Administration -- highlighting digital security deficiencies apparent at the Library of Congress, including poor software patch management and firewall protections," reports FedScoop.
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Library of Congress Hit With a Denial-Of-Service Attack

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  • for an LOC day off
  • by Anonymous Coward

    How many libraries of congress of data per second does it take to take down the library of congress?

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      How many libraries of congress of data per second does it take to take down the library of congress?

      The simulation blew its stack in the "Turtles" aisle.

      (No, that's not a Mitch McConnell joke.)

  • OMG! A DoS on the Library of Congress! What has this world come to? How can we survive? The humanity! I'm just going to go and kill myself now, I don't want to live in a world like this!
  • by Punto ( 100573 ) <puntob.gmail@com> on Tuesday July 19, 2016 @10:35PM (#52545133) Homepage

    How much information was taken down by this attack? Could you put it in an amount that us normal people can relate too?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      About 3 football stadiums.

  • I wonder if the Library of Congress is involved with publishing the Wikileaks email data-dump on the pre-coup activities and post-coup purges the Turkish government is trying to suppress by DOSing them?

    Or if the Turkish government personnel THINK it is involved?

  • by CanEHdian ( 1098955 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2016 @10:06AM (#52547037)

    LOC = US Copyright Office.

    The LOC has this nice 'jukebox' with sound recordings from the 1900s, over 110 years old, nicely reminding us that it is illegal download them because of 'state copyright laws'. Yeah, no joke.

    Our copyright friends are trying to get the copyright office out from under the LOC control, probably because it'll be easier to get it under their own control.

    Among her priorities will be the modernisation of the US Copyright Office IT system and trying to define the role of the USCO with the Library. There have been calls from stakeholders, including from the current Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, to move the Office outside of the realm of the Library and establish it as an stand-alone government agency.

    Source [musicweek.com]

    So who knows, maybe Dr. Hayden was seen golfing with Chris Dodd and Joe Biden?

  • And that is exactly why tax payers need to throw all kinds of new funds at redundant cyberwarfare departments

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