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Feb032012

Internet Firm VeriSign Repeatedly Hacked In 2010

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The latest firm to reveal it was hit by computer hackers may come as a surprise, even to those who have warned that cyber threats are a growing concern.

VeriSign, the infrastructure services company behind some of the servers that provide the foundation for the Internet, has revealed it was repeatedly hacked in 2010.

“The disclosure did not happen as a result of VeriSign discovering the breach and taking responsible, proactive action to alert customers and address the situation,” PC World reports. “No, VeriSign buried the information in a quarterly Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing as if it was just another mundane tidbit.”

It was not immediately clear what information was compromised in the attacks.

FBI director Robert Mueller said Thursday, "I do believe that the cyber threat will equal or surpass the threat from counterterrorism in the foreseeable future.”

Echoing Mueller's sentiment, House intelligence committee chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) also warned, “a cyber attack is on its way.”

“We will suffer a catastrophic cyber attack," Rogers said. "The clock is ticking and winding down."

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