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Army Corps database on dams compromised

John P. Mello | May 2, 2013
Expert says breach aimed at collecting 'vulnerability and targeting data' for attacks, but another says simple engineering espionage more likely

"Because there are widespread attacks going on right now, there appears to be a large harvesting operation going on," said Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst at IT-Harvest. "But I wouldn't attach a lot of significance to this target."

"When you lump it in with all the other things that are attacked constantly, it's more indicative of just grabbing information because it's there and the defenders aren't aware they even have to defend it," Stiennon said.

There are some things in the database that could have economic value to a nation-state -- especially one like China without the sophisticated civil engineering capability of the United States. "The database would give a country the model of a mature resource management program for irrigation, power and recreation," Stiennon said.

"That information is more valuable than using the data to identify attack targets," he added.


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