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Tuesday
Jun142011

Hackers Break into Senate.gov Website

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hackers broke into the Senate.gov website over the weekend and were able to access files placed on the server, the Senate Sergeant at Arms confirmed Tuesday, but the breach did not compromise the security of the network.

"The intruder did not gain access into the Senate computer network and was only able to read and determine the directory structure of the files placed on senate.gov," the office of the Sergeant at Arms, which monitors cyber security, said in a statement. "That server is for public access on the public side of the Senate's network firewall, and any files that individual Senate offices place there are intended for public consumption."

The vulnerability in the system was traced back to an individual senator's office, though the Sergeant at Arms did not name the senator. It will also conduct a review into the breach.

"Although this intrusion is inconvenient, it does not compromise the security of the Senate's network, its members or staff," the statement added. "Specifically, there is no individual user account information on the server supporting senate.gov that could have been compromised."

"Lulz Security," which claims to have hacked into Senate.gov, posted the directory names on its web site and on the surface it did not seem to contain any proprietary information.

"We don't like the US government very much. Their boats are weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren't very secure," the group wrote on its Web site. "In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more! This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data from Senate.gov - is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?"

This isn't the group's first foray into hacking a government website. In March, Lulz Security also claims to have breached the Web site of the Atlanta chapter of InfraGard, a grassroots group that works with the FBI to counter cyber crime threats. Hackers stole nearly 180 passwords and posted them on the Internet. Lulz Security at the time said the breach was in response to the Pentagon considering whether some cyber attacks should be designated as acts of war. "Lulz" is a hacker/gamer term roughly meaning "just for laughs."

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Thursday
May262011

Census Data Reveals Aging Population

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Women continue to have longer life expectancies than men, but according to new 2010 Census data released Thursday, men are inching towards women as they narrow the gender gap in old age. Technological, healthcare, and policy advancements are providing many Americans with tools to lead longer lives.

In the category of Americans ages 65 and older, the number of men has grown by 21 percent since 2000 while the number of women has increased at a slower pace of 11.2 percent.  In the subgroup of Americans ages 65 to 74, the male-to-female ratio has narrowed.  Women only exceed men by 1.5 million, a drop from 1.8 million in 2000.

Women continue to outnumber men in the United States by 5.18 million, a slight jump from the 5.3 million difference in 2000.  Despite being outnumbered, the number of men in the country increased at a faster rate, growing by 9.9 percent, while the number of women only increased by 9.5 percent.  For every 100 women in the U.S. in 2010, there were 96.7 men.  In 2000, the male-female ratio was 96.3.

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