Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wire: Pentagon Spent $100 Million in Last 6 Months Fighting Cyber Attacks

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2009 -- Newswires reported early this afternoon that the Pentagon said it spent $100 million in last six months responding to cyber attacks.

The Associated Press noted that unnamed senior military leaders said they are only beginning to track the costs, but the money was spent on manpower, computer technology and contractors hired to clean up after both external probes and internal mistakes.

U.S. Strategic Command, which is responsible for protecting and monitoring the military's information grid, would not comment on how much of the cost was due to outside attacks against the system.

The story appeared on newswires as the Obama administration is finalizing a broad government-wide review of the nation's cyber security.

This is a developing story with more to follow.

(Report from news wire sources.)

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